The much-talked-about porpoising that appeared in Formula 1 with the return of the ground effect in the regulations for the 2022 season, became a protagonist in the championship of the pinnacle of motorsport, to the extent that some of the drivers raised their voices about the safety issue that the repeated bouncing implied for them at the time of competency.
As a result, the FIA clarified that from the 2023 season onwards, a regulatory adjustment will be made to the technical structure of all F1’s challengers’ floors, with the aim of working against this effect and moving one step closer to prioritizing driver safety.
Rumors say that, at the moment, several teams do not agree with the technical directive implemented by the FIA, (including Ferrari, Red Bull, Haas, Williams, and Alfa Romeo) despite the fact that Article 1.2.2 of F1's Technical Regulations states: "Any changes made by the FIA for safety reasons may come into effect without notice or delay".
McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl spoke on the matter on Friday at Paul Ricard ahead of this weekend’s French GP, and the German stated clearly the Team’s position.
“No, we are happy with the decisions and the leadership from the FIA side regarding that topic,” he said to MotorLAT and other media outlets.
“In the end, when all of this started regarding the technical directive, the FIA made it clear it is based on safety.”
“That’s why I think it’s very important now to follow through and not give way in any direction. So, very happy with that.”
While it takes eight teams in favor of a prospect to make a rule change (in this case, take the rules of floor modifications to a lower level) in line with the FIA's concept of a "super majority", McLaren's Team Principal was questioned on the subject of whether the Woking-based team is trying to be persuaded to change its stance on the case.
“No - we’re an independent team, we make up our own mind and fight for what we think is correct.”
“Again, we’re supportive of the lead here from the FIA. It’s still an ongoing discussion which is also normal.
“But in the end, I guess we will have clarity soon and just focus on that and go ahead.”