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New ‘porpoising’ rule changes blocked by six teams

'porpoising’ rule changes, Six Sports

Following a recent technical directive to counter porpoising, the FIA are pushing for a permanent rule change to completely eradicate the bouncing.

However, six teams have reportedly rejected the rule changes for the 2023 season. These six teams are also said to include current championship protagonists Ferrari and Red Bull.

Red Bull Team principal, Christian Horner took a sly dig at Mercedes saying the rules are being changed for one team.

“A significant rule change is being pushed through so that one team can make their car lower and benefit from their concept,”

FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem is said to be in contact with the teams to understand the situation.

“I think the FIA president is doing the right thing to collect information,” said Horner.

“But I hope that a reasonable solution can be found, because it is too late to make fundamental changes to the rules.”

Advisor at Red Bull, Dr. Helmut Marko has been more vocal about the rule changes and strongly disapproved that no rule changes should be made for a single team

Speaking to Osterreich newspaper, Marko said:

“The teams that voted for it are McLaren, Aston Martin and Mercedes,”

“Funnily enough, all teams with Mercedes engines. Is that a coincidence?” he quizzed sarcastically.

The Austrian, though, reiterated that the debate is far from over and denied that FIA may force the rules changes in the name of safety.

“There must be valid arguments,”. “Just emphasising safety is not enough. And Ferrari will not accept this either.”

Sure enough, Ferrari did not accept it.

Ferrari Team Boss Mattia Binotto echoed Marko’s opinions.

“There is no reason to look at this as a safety problem. Because most teams have the bouncing under control now.

“And from Spa there are fixed limits anyway. So if the cars comply with the specifications, they should be safe. And if there is no safety argument, the normal voting process must be followed when the rules are changed.”

The Ferrari-Red Bull camp includes Haas, Alfa Romeo, Alfa Tauri, and the Williams.

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