Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer has softened his stance against the FIA and the off-season rule changes that he feels have hurt his team’s chances.
Speaking at Imola during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Szafnauer went as far as to suggest that Aston Martin could launch legal action over the regulation changes, which include alterations to the floor and rear-end of the car.
With the team struggling to compete with their midfield rivals so far this season, Szafnauer felt that the new rules hurt their low rake concept and explained that he would seek talks with the FIA as a result.
Those talks appear to have taken place over the past few days and the Aston Martin boss admitted he was now “pretty satisfied” that the FIA followed the “correct steps”.
“We’ve had a couple of meetings with the FIA,” Szafnauer said. “I think we’re – at this point – pretty satisfied that all the correct steps were followed.
“I mean, we’re still in discussion. We’re just trying to discover what all the steps were, you know, to make sure that it was done properly and equitably. So that’s the reason for the discussion.
“We’re still discussing with the FIA. I’ll be able to answer that question probably in three, four days’ time.”