The proposal offered by the FIA on the changes to the ground for the 2023 season are excessive for most teams, while the pressure from Mercedes seems more than evident for them.
The debut of the new generation of single-seaters was marked by a new concept without which we would not be able to explain Formula 1 today: pouring.
Although each and every one of the teams has suffered with the set-up of their respective cars to avoid the excessive bounce they experience when suddenly losing a large number of downforce before winning it again and so on, at the halfway point of the season practically everyone has found a solution to this nightmare.
FIA vs. Equipment
Curiously, since the FIA announced last June 16 that he was going to intervene directly against the pouring after more extensive complaints from Mercedes, the rebounds have been reduced considerably.
The proposal to go on to measure this oscillation was put to the test in Canada, it was going to be definitively established at Silverstone… but very soon everything was postponed until the French GP… to be postponed again until the Belgian Grand Prixback from vacation.
Waiting to see first-hand who is most affected by this measure, the teams have met with the FIA to discuss the floors that the single-seaters will use from next season, since in 2023 said elemental piece will change again.
As reported by the media autosportuntil 6 teams have turned against the FIA after the initial proposal of the Technical Committee in Austria: to raise the edges of the floor by 25mm, as well as the ‘throat’ of the diffuser under the floor, in addition to establishing stricter lateral deflection tests for the floor, also locating a more precise sensor to measure the rebound.
Ferrari, Red Bull, AlphaTauri, Alfa Romeo, Haas and Williams They argue that these changes will be too costly as well as unnecessary, since the by positiongIt is no longer what it was at the beginning of the year, thus questioning the legitimacy of the rule, although the FIA does not need your support to make safety-related changes.
Now it comes into play to discuss whether these changes will make the cars safer, as these teams confess that they would accept a 10mm rise in the edges of the floor while a team leader accuses Mercedes to manipulate the next championship.
“The changes are so extreme for 2023 because Mercedes claims they have found 40% more downforce for next year, so they have urged the FIA to act. If Mercedes has really done it, then it is better to give them the championship now», Says this team leader according to the media.