Horner tells FIA not to “d*ck” with F1 2023 aero rules


Rival team bosses have expressed similar views, with most insisting it is already too late to make changes for next season.

As part of the recent technical directive regarding the governing body’s crackdown on porpoise for this year, the FIA’s head of single-seater affairs, Nikolas Tombazis, has proposed a revision of the regulations for 2023, telling teams that they are expected to contribute CFDs. research.

Tombazis noted: “Our goal remains to implement changes by 2023 that will inherently reduce the propensity of the cars to exhibit aerodynamic oscillations.


“In due course, teams will be asked to support these CFD evaluations by making a number of modifications to their car and reporting their results to the FIA.”

The prospect of changes for 2023 was also discussed last week at a meeting of F1 technical directors at an advisory committee meeting.

However, many teams have made it clear that they are reluctant to support technical regulation changes because they believe stability would be preferable, with Horner among the most vocal.

“I think it’s too late to make changes for next year,” he said when asked by about the possibility of changes.

“We have a government for that. And the costs involved – sometimes [there are] Unintended consequences of changing entire philosophies, will affect what you carry over to next year, will affect your design and development.

“And the most important thing, and the most important way to achieve stable costs, is stability. And the cars will converge. You can already see that some cars certainly look more familiar. And I think that will continue for the next six to nine months.

“So I think the most important thing is not to fuck with it. Just leave him alone. And the teams will figure it out.”

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Alpine’s Otmar Szafnauer agreed that it is too late to make changes for next year, although he acknowledges that safety concerns may override such considerations.

“For me, it’s always better to know the rules early on and not change them in the middle of the season,” Szafnauer said.

“Having said that, however, there has been a precedent. If it is a safety issue, the FIA ​​has a duty to look into it and make changes.

“I’m always in favor of knowing the rules well in advance, having a level playing field and then letting everyone find their own solution. So the sooner we know, the better.”

Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur also stressed that stability is key, with the need to keep the same parts for next season.

“At the end of the day, the most important thing for us is stability,” the Frenchman said when asked by for the team’s thoughts on possible changes.

“And last year we didn’t challenge the regulations very much, and the most important thing is the stability of this.

“Because if you want to reduce the budget, and we need to carry over, we also need to be able to double the development, it means you are doing the development of the current car, but this also works for next year’s car. , you can carry the car parts with you. If you now change the size of the diffuser or the strap for 23, everything goes in the bin”.

Haas boss Gunther Steiner made the intriguing observation that some teams have already investigated possible changes for 2023 and thus could have an advantage if the FIA ​​confirms them.

“In the technical advisory group there was discussion about changing the rules, which I think most teams don’t want to do,” he said.

“They are working diligently to find the solution without drastically changing the rules, because I think if you change the rules in July, it’s a little late.

“So I don’t think that’s the right way to do it. And, on the other hand, you could say that some people have already done a bit of work with the new rules that are being proposed, and then they will get ahead of themselves. I think we have to be careful here that they’re not doing something wrong.”

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Meanwhile, Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott said the Brackley-based team, which suffers more than its rivals from porpoises, is open to changes but acknowledged it won’t be easy to make.

“I think drivers say it’s uncomfortable, it’s not safe for them to drive the cars when there’s a lot of bouncing,” Elliott said. “And I think this sport has to deal with that. And the sport has to adapt and change as a result.” of that.

“I think the difficulty is that these cars were designed around a set of ground effect rules that were designed to try to improve overtaking. And the question is can you keep some of that and get away from the rebound?

“And the devil is in the details. And I think it will all come down to the type of aerodynamicists in the various teams to try to work together with the FIA, how to change the rules in the right direction.

“But getting teams to agree to that will also be a challenge.”