FIA confirm updated 2023 rules to address porpoising will be submitted this week

Jamie Woodhouse
Red Bull's Sergio Perez in action during the Hungarian Grand Prix. Budapest, July 2022.

Red Bull's Sergio Perez in action during the Hungarian Grand Prix. Budapest, July 2022.

After talks with all teams and drivers, porpoising-related updates to the 2023 rules will go before the World Motor Sport Council this week.

FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem took to social media on Monday to confirm the news.

Following Formula 1’s switch to ground-effect aerodynamics for the 2022 season, several teams found their challengers were bouncing, a phenomenon called porpoising which is associated with this type of aerodynamic philosophy.

During the early rounds of the campaign, it was largely looked at as a Mercedes problem, although after an uncomfortable Azerbaijan Grand Prix for many drivers due to the bouncing, the FIA encountered more voices asking for the governing body to intervene.

That is what happened, with a technical directive set to come into play as of the Belgian Grand Prix, relating to the plank and skid blocks underneath the cars, while the FIA also spoke of further changes from 2023 to combat the issue.

Red Bull, who have been firmly against any changes, had been urging the FIA to make a swift decision so focus could turn to the 2023 cars with knowledge of the set regulations, team boss Christian Horner saying at the Hungarian Grand Prix “it’s 10 past midnight now for next year and Cinderella’s already left”.

And it would seem Red Bull and all other teams are close to being given the certainty they crave, with the updated regulations now set to go before the World Motor Sport Council so they can be ratified.

“Having discussed the porpoising issue with all 20 F1 drivers and 10 team principals, I’m happy to confirm 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,” Ben Sulayem posted on Twitter.

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Red Bull maintain they will not need to modify their RB18 in any way to satisfy the Spa technical directive although, in Hungary, Mercedes’ George Russell accused Red Bull and Ferrari of “pushing” the regulations.

“There’s no doubt Ferrari and Red Bull have pushed the regulations in that regard and we’ve sort of respected it as the regulation was intended,” Russell told Sky Sports F1 after finishing third in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“But there’s no guarantees it would bring them closer to us. We know if it was on our car it would make us slower. There’s no guarantees, every car is different.

“But it’s not going to help them, that’s for sure.”

 

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