August 16, 2022

Bosses of rival teams have expressed similar views, with most insisting it is already too late to make any changes for next season.

As part of the governing body’s recent technical directive on porpoising’s crackdown for this year, FIA head of single-seater issues Nikolas Tombazis proposed revised regulations for 2023 and told teams that should contribute with CFD. to research.

Tombazis noted: “Our goal remains to implement changes for 2023 that will inherently reduce the propensity of cars to exhibit aerodynamic oscillations.

“In due course, teams will be asked to support these CFD assessments by carrying out a series of modifications to their car and reporting their results to the FIA.”

The prospect of changes for 2023 was also raised last week when F1’s technical directors met during an advisory board meeting.

However, many teams have made it clear that they are reluctant to support changes to the technical regulations as they believe stability would be preferable, with Horner being among the most vocal.

“I think it’s too late in the day to introduce changes for next year,” he said when asked by Motorsport.com about the prospect of changes.

“We have governance for that. And the costs involved – sometimes [there are] unintended consequences of changing entire philosophies, it will affect what you carry over to next year, it will affect your design and development.

“And the most important thing, and the best way to achieve stable costs, is stability. And the cars will converge. You can already see that some cars certainly look more familiar. And I think that will continue over the next six to next nine months.

“So I think the most important thing is not to go after that. Leave it alone. And the teams will sort it out.

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Alpine’s Otmar Szafnauer agreed it was too late to make any changes for next year, while acknowledging that safety concerns may outweigh such considerations.

“For me, it’s always better to know the rules from the start and not change them mid-season,” Szafnauer said.

“That said, however, there has been precedent. If it is a safety issue, the FIA ​​has a duty to look into it and make changes.

“I’m always in favor of knowing the rules well in advance, having a level playing field, and then letting everyone find their own solution. So the sooner we know, the better.

Alfa Romeo chief Fred Vasseur also stressed that stability is key, with the need to keep the same parts for next season.

“At the end of the day the most important thing for us is stability,” the Frenchman said when asked by Motorsport.com for the team’s view on possible changes.

“And last year we didn’t challenge the regulations a lot, and the most important thing is the stability of it.

“Because if you want to reduce the budget, and we need to have a carryover, we also need to be able to double the development, that means you’re doing the development of the current car but it also works for the car of the next year. , you can carry over the parts of the car. If you now change to 23 the size of the diffuser or the stay, everything is in the trash.

Haas boss Gunther Steiner has made the intriguing observation that some teams have already investigated possible changes for 2023, and therefore could have an advantage if they are confirmed by the FIA.

“In the technical advisory group there was talk of changing the rules, which I think the majority of teams don’t want to do,” he said.

“They are working diligently to find the solution without drastically changing the rules, because I think if you are going to change the rules in July, it is a little late.

“So I don’t think that’s the right way to go. And on the other hand, you could say that some people have already worked with the new rules that are proposed, and then they will be ahead. I think we have to be careful here that they don’t do the wrong thing.

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Meanwhile, Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott has indicated that the Brackley team, which is suffering more than its porpoising rivals, is open to changes but acknowledges it won’t be easy to push them through.

“I think the drivers are saying it’s uncomfortable, it’s not safe for them to drive the cars when there are big bounces,” Elliott said. “And I think this sport has to deal with that. And the sport has to adapt and change as a result of that.

“I think the difficulty is that these cars were designed around a set of ground effect rules, they were designed to try to improve overtaking. And the question is whether you can sustain a game of that and get away from the rebound?

“And the devil is in the details. And I think it will come down to the type of aerodynamicists from the different teams trying to figure out with the FIA ​​how to change the rules in the right direction.

“But getting the teams to accept that is also going to be a challenge.”