The FIA’s ‘anti-porpoising’ directive will start being enforced after the F1 summer break, at the Belgian Grand Prix, and it will also prevent teams from using ‘flexi-floors’.
Mercedes has never used the solution, but it is thought that it has given an advantage to Red Bull and Ferrari.
Toto Wolff says “it will be interesting” to see how their rivals will be impacted by the TD.
“From Spain onwards we started to understand the car better but we are a few months behind our opponents in terms of development,” Wolff said, but admitted Mercedes is not yet “close enough to Ferrari and Red Bull to really challenge them”.
“It’s going to be very interesting. Let’s see if the difference in ride height makes a difference for the teams that drive that low.
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“I don’t believe in silver bullets about us suddenly being three tenths faster than anyone else, but it will be interesting,” the Austrian concluded.
Additionally, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has confirmed that the governing body is ready submit updated 2023 technical regulations aimed at reducing porpoising, along with “the measures already taken for the remainder of this season”.
“Having discussed the porpoising issue with all 20 F1 drivers and 10 team principals, I’m happy to confirm that we will be submitting updated 2023 technical regulations to the WMSC [World Motor Sport Council] this week to address this, in addition to the measures already taken for the remainder of this season,” Ben Sulayem wrote on Twitter.