Should the FIA get serious with its plans to further regulate Formula 1’s floors for 2023, Ferrari intends to fight back, according to team boss Mattia Binotto.
Even though all teams seem to have the notorious “porpoising” under control, the FIA, driven by Mercedes and Aston Martin, will implement a new technical directive as early as Belgium.
For next season, the FIA wants to force teams to raise the edges of the underbodies and the diffuser channel. But Ferrari boss Binotto sees “no reason why we should make changes for safety reasons. If you look at the past races, I don’t see a safety problem.”
“If the FIA were to change the aero rules for 2023, it would be very bad at this point of the year, because there is too little time to change a concept, and that would be totally unfair again!”
Therefore, the Italian announces that if the FIA “really do this, we will try to understand how to stop them. Because we just don’t agree with them.”
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem had recently announced on Twitter that the revised Technical Regulations for 2023 had already been sent to the World Motor Sport Council for approval.
“After discussing the issue of porpoising with the 20 Formula One drivers and 10 team bosses, I am pleased to confirm that this week we will submit the updated 2023 technical regulations to the WMSC to address this issue, in addition to the measures already taken for the remainder of this season,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem on Monday.
The 2023 technical regulations, several decisions have been taken to reduce the rigidity of the floor and the vertical movements of the cars:
- Raising the edges of the floor by 25 mm
- Raising the diffuser groove under the floor
- Introduction of more stringent floorboard lateral flexibility tests
- Introduction of a more accurate sensor to measure aerodynamic oscillation
It is now up to the World Motor Sport Council to validate the 2023 technical regulations.