Toto Wolff details how “some teams” are cheating with their floors

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff explains how the things “some teams” (believed to be Red Bull and Ferrari) are doing are “clearly against the regulations”.

The FIA recently revealed that the floors of certain cars on the grid are flexing more than allowed, in an effort to reduce porpoising. It is believed that the teams doing this are Ferrari and Red Bull.

At the Belgian Grand Prix the FIA will start enforcing its new ‘anti-porpoising’ technical directive, which will also prevent the teams from using ‘flexi-floors’.

Toto Wolff has been very vocal about this problem, and now he explains exactly how these teams are breaking the rules.

“Some teams have skids that actually disappear when the car hits the bottom,” the Austrian said.


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“The reason for skids is that they are the limitation of how much [wear of the board] you can have. If the skid can disappear miraculously into the floor, that is clearly against the regulations.

“Then the second thing is there is a plank that can deflect, or that basically also moves away more than the tolerance should be.

“The tolerance is one millimetre, and if a plank moves away many more millimetres up into the car, obviously, you gain some performance there too.

“I think the first one [flexi-floor] is going to disappear for Spa, the second one is going to be clarified in next year’s regulations,” Wolff concluded.

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