F1 teams agree to compromise on technical adjustment

Formula 1 teams have agreed to change the sport’s technical regulations which would raise the floor edges by 15mm to help eliminate car bouncing, RacingNews365.com Learn.

Team representatives met at the Technical Advisory Committee meeting with the FIA ​​last Wednesday, where RacingNews365.comYou understand that it has been agreed to raise the car floor edges by 15 mm.

In an effort to reduce the bounce many teams experienced with their 2022 cars, the FIA ​​had previously proposed raising the decks by 25mm, but this was met with opposition from at least half the teams, with many citing concerns about costly redesigns. of their 2023 cars, adding that their current cars were not affected by that.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has been a staunch supporter of raising car floors, citing concerns about the effects of rebound on drivers’ health.

Wolf told the media in response to a question from RacingNews365.com.

“The doctors summary is that a frequency of 1-2 Hz, which lasts for a few minutes, can lead to brain damage. We have 6-7 Hz over several hours.

“So the answer is very easy: the FIA ​​has to do something about it.”

Red Bull against lifting floors

By contrast, championship leaders Red Bull had no trouble rebounding as much, and team boss Christian Horner suggested implementing the rule change for safety reasons would set an unwanted precedent.

“I think a middle ground has to be found, but it’s kind of difficult because this regulatory change is massive. It changes the whole concept of aerodynamics,” Horner said. RacingNews365.com Over the weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“And that’s tough for the FIA, because where do you draw the line? While there is a safety obligation from the FIA ​​to consider, where does that line stop?

“Do we need permission to go from spot to wet or wet to patch? If we hit a curb or not? You have to be very careful about the unintended consequences of these things.”

speaks exclusively to RacingNews365.com After agreeing to a 15 mm increase, Horner struck a sputum tone.

“[15mm] Not as good as leaving her alone, [but] It’s not as bad as the 25mm that was originally [suggested]. “It’s a compromise we’ll have to incorporate for next year,” Horner said.

“We’ll just have to deal with it and find a solution. That’s what we’ve been successful at over the years, and we’ll just have to do it with this challenge.”

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Horner: Circular collapse is more worrying

Over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, Horner also referred to Zhou Guanyu’s accident at the British Grand Prix, in which the Chinese driver’s Alfa Romeo car flipped over and his protective roll-over collar appeared to collapse at the first impact on the ground.

Horner cited the rolling collar’s lack of effective protection and a shape that leaves the car prone to digging into the ground as a greater risk to drivers’ health and safety than bouncing and porpoises.

“Safety is of paramount importance to everyone, but it must be taken into account,” Horner said.

‘I’d be more concerned about the hop-on roll [Alfa Romeo]. This needs to be considered from a driver protection standpoint.”

Concerns were also raised about Zhou’s roll collar loosening at Wednesday’s Technical Advisory Committee meeting, and RacingNews365.comYou understand that the FIA ​​will take action.

In 2023, rotary collars should have a more rounded roof to reduce the risk of digging into the ground in the event of a vehicle tipping over.

In addition, for 2024, the upper parts of Formula 1 cars will have to pass more stringent load tests.

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