Ben Sulayem stands firmly behind ‘anti-porpoising’ rule changes

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FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem stands firmly behind ‘anti-porpoising’ rule changes despite vocal opposition from Red Bull and Ferrari.

The FIA will start enforcing its ‘anti-porpoising’ technical directive at the Belgian Grand Prix, on the grounds of drivers’ safety.

The governing organization also ratified rule changes for next season which are all aimed at stopping the porpoising phenomenon. These changes will also prevent teams from running ‘flexi-floors’, which are rumoured to be in use by Red Bull and Ferrari.

The two teams have been very vocal about their dislike for these changes, but the FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem says his leadership is standing firmly behind any decisions which are intended to increase the safety of the drivers.

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“This is not just the way forward for driver health and safety in F1 – it’s the direction the FIA must take to ensure a better future for motor sport overall,” Ben Sulayem said, quoted by

“We have a responsibility to do what is in the best interests of the sport, and I’ll work closely with all our main stakeholders to get their input on all key decisions.

“But I won’t back away from any big issues. I’ll confront them, discuss with my own team, make the right decisions and back them with decisive action,” he concluded.

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