FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem announced an updated version of the Formula 1 technical regulations will be submitted to the World Motor Sport Council this week.
This announcement came in line with the FIA’s action to address “porpoising”, the bouncing phenomenon that has affected the 2022 F1 cars that employ ground-effect to produce downforce.
Formula 1 has gone down the ground-effect path as part of their efforts to improve the racing spectacle, as the new cars should be able to follow each other more closely, something the 2022 season has shown to be true up to now.
However, “porpoising” has been the unwanted side effect of the new regulations, and while some teams have been able to deal with it, Ferrari and Red Bull being the best at that, eight-time Constructors’ Champions Mercedes have suffered miserably with it.
Mercedes W13 was a bouncing nightmare for the team and its drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, as their problems reach a breaking point at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, where the bouncing was so violent that Hamilton even struggled to climb out of his car after the race.
After that the controversy began, as Toto Wolff lobbied for a rule change to reduce the bouncing on basis of safety, while Ferrari and Red Bull argued that Mercedes are pushing for change just because they got their sums wrong with their 2022 car.
Debate heated up post Baku
The FIA got involved, issuing a Technical Directive TD039, that should be in full effect in F1’s upcoming race in Spa, which has a short-term solution for “porpoising”, while there were heated discussions between all stake holders whether the rules for next year should be revised.
Several teams claimed it was too late to change the rules at this point of the season, as next year’s cars are already under development, with Red Bull being the most vocal, as Mercedes’ Wolff even claimed drivers may sustain brain damage from the bouncing.
It seems Mercedes’ pushing for a change has borne fruit as FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem announced that a revised set of technical regulations for 2023 will be submitted to the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC).
Ben Sulayem said in a tweet: “Having discussed the porpoising issue with all 20 F1 drivers & 10 team principals, I’m happy to confirm that we will be submitting updated 2023 Technical Regulations to the WMSC this week to address this, in addition to the measures already taken for the remainder of this season.”
No further details have been released at the moment.
Having discussed the porpoising issue with all 20 @F1 drivers & 10 team principals, I’m happy to confirm that we will be submitting updated 2023 Technical Regulations to the WMSC this week to address this, in addition to the measures already taken for the remainder of this season
— Mohammed Ben Sulayem (@Ben_Sulayem) August 8, 2022