Rules against bouncing Formula 1 cars only come into effect during Belgian GP | NOW

The rules to prevent the bounce of current Formula 1 cars will only come into effect during the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August. The measures against the aerodynamic phenomenon porposing would actually start in two weeks during the French GP. The budget limit of the teams will also be increased to accommodate inflation.

The so-called Formula 1 committee decided this on Friday in Austria. Close to the Red Bull Ring, consultations were held between all stakeholders, including the ten teams, Formula 1 and the FIA.

Since the Canadian Grand Prix three weeks ago, there has been a lot of talk about a technical directive from the motorsport association, which should put an end to excessive bouncing of the cars. Initially, these measures would already apply from that race. Later it became from the British Grand Prix (last week) and then from the French Grand Prix (in two weeks). But now the introduction has been pushed further to the Belgian Grand Prix.

According to the FIA, several teams have to make changes to the floor of the car to comply with the rules. This cannot be worked on after the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 31, because the factories are then obliged to close for a summer break. It is striking that teams are given time for these adjustments. For example, both Ferrari and Red Bull stated that they don’t have to change their cars to comply with the rules.

Mercedes accuses these teams of driving with a floor that bends, something that has been more or less confirmed by the FIA. These flexible floors are possible due to a gray area in the rules, an area that the FIA ​​wants to cover with the technical directive. According to the new rules, the wooden plank under the floor may not bend more than 2 millimeters.

Christian Horner and Mattia Binotto, the team bosses of Red Bull and Ferrari respectively.


Christian Horner and Mattia Binotto, the team bosses of Red Bull and Ferrari respectively.

Christian Horner and Mattia Binotto, the team bosses of Red Bull and Ferrari respectively.

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Teams may spend more to absorb inflation

In addition, the budget limit of the teams will be expanded, which was set at 140 million dollars (137 million euros). Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has been campaigning for this since the start of the season, as travel and freight costs, for example, have risen sharply due to global inflation. Many other teams did not want to participate at first, but now nine out of ten team bosses have given up. The teams will receive a budget increase of 3.1 percent. That is on top of the 3 percent that was already included in the original agreements to absorb inflation.

The discussion also brought bad news for the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. The teams agree that the preparatory tests can now be held outside of Europe the day before the first Grand Prix of the season. There is therefore a good chance that the preparation for the 2023 season will take place entirely in Bahrain, and that the winter tests in Barcelona will be a thing of the past.

Finally, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said that new steps had been taken in talks about the engine that will be used in Formula 1 from 2026. The committee is almost finished with what those engines should look like. Porsche and Audi, in particular, would still wait for the final agreements before formally making their entry into the royal class.