F1’s top team principals have their say on the latest technical rules


Even before the start of the 2022 season, there were concerns about whether porpoising would pose a safety risk to drivers, after videos showed the effects the ‘aerodynamic oscillation’ phenomenon would have on drivers in the cockpit.

Initially, the FIA ​​imposed a limit on the amount of vertical oscillation a team’s car could be subjected to, with the governing body announcing a closer look at the boards and pads and introducing a metric that could be used to measure the vertical acceleration of a car.

The FIA ​​has also announced a crackdown on ‘flex floors’ which has been mooted as one of the key areas exploited for the performance of Red Bull and Ferrari. This was introduced at the Belgian Grand Prix, although it doesn’t seem to have had as much of an effect on performance as it looked.

Wolff: The new technical regs have “clearly improved performance at Red Bull!”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes the changes have only made Red Bull stronger as Max Verstappen has shown a dominant pace so far since the summer break.

“The new technical guidelines have clearly improved performance at Red Bull! he made fun of talking to the media, including RacingNews365.com.

“There’s nothing like a team suddenly winning or losing half a second, just because of a small rule change.

“I don’t know if the rule clarifications had an effect on Ferrari, but I doubt it played a role. The rules are the rules. We just have to do better. We have to live up to our own expectations and beat Red Bull with their rules.”

Mercedes have so far blamed their lack of performance on tire problems and aerodynamic drag, but George Russell remained optimistic about their chances of winning this season.

Ferrari performance not affected by rules directive

Although the F1-75 appears to suffer more from porpoising than its rivals on the straights, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the effects of the rule changes have been “negligible”.

“No, that’s absolutely not the case. I don’t know what it has done to other teams, but at Ferrari the effect has been negligible,” Binotto said.

“In Belgium, Red Bull just had a better package in terms of efficiency. On top of that, they had better tire wear there, so it had nothing to do with the technical guidelines.

“There are a lot of rumors about it, but the new guidelines have nothing to do with our performance. In Hungary, we were [just] not good enough.

“We have to look at our package or the balance we choose. There is more potential in our car, as we saw at the start of the year, but at the moment it is not showing.

The way Red Bull sets up their car hasn’t changed

As talk revolves around when Max Verstappen will win the championship, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the team is not concerned about the increased ground surveillance.

“There was a lot of talk about the technical guidelines and a lot of expectations. It may have hurt other teams more than Red Bull. We didn’t change the way we set up the car,” said the Briton.

It comes after Red Bull reached a compromise with other teams over planned ride height increases for 2023.


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