No retraction on F1 flexi floor / guinea pig clampdown

In the wake of the driver’s complaints about the safety consequences of excessive car bounce, the governing body of the motor race introduced a series of measures aimed at trying to eradicate the phenomenon.

It plans to introduce an Aerodynamic Oscillation Metric (AOM) from the Belgian Grand Prix, which teams will not be allowed to exceed.

To ensure that AOM applies equally to all competitors, the FIA ​​is also introducing measures that will ban tricks that some outfits are believed to have played with bending their floors and planks for better performance.

While some teams have welcomed the FIA’s intervention, others have been annoyed by its actions – and believe the governing body should not have the right to dictate how the teams set up their cars.

In addition, questions have been asked about whether the FIA ​​needs to take any action against guinea pigs, now that the problem has not been a factor in recent races.

The matter was discussed at a meeting of F1’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on Thursday, where the FIA ​​made it clear that its position on the matter was unchanged despite team criticism.

In a statement, the FIA ​​said it was absolutely resolute that the guinea pig was a “significant safety issue” so that direction could not be changed with its plans.

“It is the FIA’s responsibility and authority to intervene in security matters, and the reason the rules allow such measures to be taken is precisely to allow decisions to be taken without being affected by the competitive position each team may find. in, “it said.

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW44, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW44, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

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Although the issue of car jumping has not been widespread in recent races, the FIA ​​believes that this factor has been more dependent on track characteristics – and there are venues on the way up the calendar, such as Budapest, Spa and Singapore, where there could be more. of a problem.

The FIA ​​also fears that as teams accumulate improvements to their 2023 cars, the increased downforce could trigger major problems next year.

That is why it sticks to a two-point plan in an attempt to rid the sport of the problem.

From the Belgian Grand Prix, the FIA ​​has confirmed that it is sticking to a two-pronged attack in an attempt to solve the problem.

AOM will be mandatory from the spa weekend, but teams will be able to use the metric from next weekend’s French GP to better understand it.

Furthermore, the FIA ​​will order a bracing of the skidding blocks in the plank of cars after it turned out that teams had smartly made them movable to avoid being worn away.

There will also be changes in the way the planks are measured, to ensure that the teams do not use the disappearing slip blocks to pass control after the race, after wearing down other areas of the floor.

The FIA ​​has also outlined, following input from the teams, changes to the technical regulations for 2023.

These are a 25 mm elevation of the floor edges, an elevation of the floor diffuser neck, introduction of more stringent lateral floor deflection tests and the use of a more accurate sensor to quantify aerodynamic oscillation.

All of the above measures must be submitted to the FIA ​​World Motor Sport Council for ratification as soon as possible so teams can get started working on revised 2023 designs.

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Plank

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