FIA delays implementation of the ‘anti-porpoising’ directive until Belgium

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The implementation of the FIA’s Technical Directive aimed at reducing porpoising, which should have come into effect at the French Grand Prix, has been delay until the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, the FIA has issued a statement in which it announces that their ‘anti-porpoising’ technical directive, which should also stop teams from using ‘flexi-floors’, will start being enforced after F1’s Summer break.

Here is the full statement from the FIA:

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“There was a discussion regarding the draft Technical Directive that addresses safety concerns relating to the vertical oscillation of the cars (also referred to as porpoising). Following feedback and consultation with the teams and in order to allow the teams to make necessary updates to the plank and skid assemblies, which will ensure a fair application of the metric used to measure this oscillation across all cars, the implementation of the draft Technical Directive issued to the teams prior to the British Grand Prix will come into effect from the Belgian Grand Prix.

“The enhanced controls by the FIA introduced as from the Canadian Grand Prix will continue.

“Several proposed actions to address this issue in the 2023 Technical Regulations were also discussed, with clear directions to be taken to the Technical Advisory Committee.”

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