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The FIA faces a rebellion of six F1 teams in 2023

After the FIA ‘s investigation for safety reasons to limit the effect of rebounds following complaints from drivers, the international federation recently outlined the measures it was going to apply. In addition to the introduction of an aerodynamic oscillation metric (AOM) and a ban on flexible floors from the Belgian Grand Prix, they also decided that modifications to the 2023 technical regulations were necessary.

Following discussions in the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) after the Austrian GP, the FIA stated that it would force the edges of the floor to be raised by 25mm , as well as the diffuser area, and that they would carry out more lateral deflection tests on the floor. strict with much more precise sensors that would measure the rebound.

The teams are waiting for the governing body to present proposals for more detailed rules in this regard, which should include specific measures and regulations that the federation wants to implement for next year.

However, this series of changes has already provoked a reaction from the teams, who are not happy with the cost, something they consider incensive, since the problem of porpoising seems to be more under control in recent races.

A group of teams, believed to include Ferrari, Red Bull, Alfa Romeo, Haas and Williams, are known to be pushing for an alternative solution, with some questioning whether the FIA’s claims that it is a matter of security is legitimate.

The sport’s governance structure has long established that, on these types of issues, the governing body can change the rules without the satisfaction of the teams.

Article 1.2.2. of the Formula 1 Technical Regulations states that “any change made by the FIA for safety reasons may come into force without notice or delay”.

Disgruntled teams are believed to have begun to put pressure on FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem to argue that the 2023 technical rule changes are not a safety matter and should not be allowed to go ahead.

Some sources with knowledge of what is happening in the paddock have suggested that there are even eight teams that are against the modifications, which would be enough for a “supermajority” rule change to be ratified by the Formula 1 Commission. for a compromise solution that means a less extreme increase.

Others say teams could accept smaller adjustments, such as the edge of the floor being raised by about 10mm , as that wouldn’t require such a major redesign of the cars at this point.

What is not clear is what avenues the teams have to fight the changes if the FIA stands firm and refuses to back down on its decision to opt for a more extreme version.

One factor that cannot be entirely ruled out is Ferrari’s veto , as the Italian outfit have retained their right to block specific rule changes in the new Concord Agreement that comes into force in 2021.

Although it is known that the veto is unlikely to prevent modifications from being made for security reasons, the debate over whether or not the changes fall in that area means that the situation is not very clear.

Several teams especially fear that the scope of the changes in the regulations that the governing body is introducing will play in favor of Mercedes, both for this season and for 2023 , and they are being formulated in such a way that they could benefit the German team.

There are also concerns that the Silver Arrows have exaggerated their porpoising problems so that the FIA is forced to step in and amend the regulations.

One team boss said: “The changes are so extreme for 2023 because Mercedes claims they have found 40% more downforce for next year, so they have encouraged the FIA to act.

“If Mercedes have really done it, then they can give them the world championship now,” he added.

However, the international federation insists that its actions are only motivated to guarantee the safety of the current generation of cars.

In a statement last week from the governing body, they stated: “It is the responsibility and prerogative of the FIA to intervene for safety reasons, and the reason why the regulations allow these measures to be taken is precisely so that decisions are taken without be influenced by the competitive position in which each team finds itself”.

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