Toto Wolff says FIA should have put a stop to flexi-floors “three races ago”

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Toto Wolff says the FIA’s technical directive, which will prevent teams from using flexi-floors, “should have been introduced as soon as it was discovered”.

The FIA has pushed back the introduction of the technical directive aimed at reducing porpoising, which will also prevent teams from running flexi-floors.

The TD will start being enforced at the Belgian Grand Prix, and the FIA is also planning to tweak 2023 regulations, to permanently eradicate the issues.

Ahead of the French Grand Prix, Toto Wolff gave his assessment of the situation.

“There was a technical directive to make clear what the FIA wishes not to see anymore in Spa, in particular on the skids,” the Austrian told Sky Sports F1.

“For next year, they are talking about what can be done in order to remove some of the questions around the floor or the plank having a little bit of compliance. It is still up in the air.”

The original TD was announced ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, it was supposed to be formally introduced at the French Grand Prix, but since then it was pushed back to after the Summer break.

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Wolff thinks this is not fair, because some teams were allowed to run illegal flexi-floors for a few more races.

“It was a coincidence the FIA spotted it in one of the races and made it very clear this was not on.

“There is no such thing as a magic bullet – unless you speak of a double-diffuser – and it is not going to make a big difference.

“They will need to run the car probably on the front, the bib, a little bit higher than they used to be.

“This TD should have been brought into place once it was discovered three races ago, so the argument of ‘Is it fair to have brought it into the middle of the season?’ is the wrong one.

“It should have been introduced as soon as it was discovered because it was clearly much more than a loophole,” Wolff concluded.

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