Wolff slams rivals’ ‘attitude’ in 2023 rules

A group of teams led by Ferrari and Red Bull have expressed their displeasure at the scale of the changes the FIA ​​is making to the 2023 technical regulations as they consider changing direction in the development of their F1 for next season.

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Because these changes are being considered for safety reasons, the FIA ​​can introduce them without going through a vote by the teams, and this is leading some competitors to publicly question whether the body, which inherently has full authority in these matters, does not. Don’t go too far by playing this card at a time when this problem seems less present.

And while lobbying each other is in full swing to try to reach a solution, compromise or not, the threat of legal action or even Ferrari’s use of a veto is mentioned.

Toto Wolff, who supports the FIA’s approach, believes that tossing around such arguments is posturing and that nothing of the sort would be seriously undertaken. For the Austrian, some of his rivals are simply unhappy that the federation is operating in areas where they have found tricks that give them a competitive advantage.

“We ask ourselves questions, I read that in the media [le changement de règles] doesn’t matter that it wouldn’t be a big change, so why are you struggling with the legal threat?” he explained. “No team will ever go to court against the FIA. Especially when the FIA ​​​​decides to implement something for safety reasons. That would have to be seen. So I guess it’s just pose.”

Wolff doesn’t think it’s critical what teams want on the matter, as the most important thing is to make sure riders’ safety concerns around rebounds are addressed. “I think it’s just the same as always. There is an inherent problem with cars that we don’t see here, we haven’t seen in Austria and we haven’t seen at Silverstone either because the tracks are the smoothest of the year. But it didn’t go away.

Nyck de Vries with Toto Wolff

“The cars are way too stiff and they bounce. And if you ask drivers, you’ll likely get a majority who will tell you that if asked anonymously. I think there was a big discussion between the drivers and there is also a conclusion that nobody talks about. And we’ll see where that takes us.”

When Motorsport.com When asked if he was willing to compromise, Wolff responded with a number of teams happily agreeing to a 10mm increase in bottom edges: “I think it’s not about compromising the technical regulations, it’s about a technical regulation that protects the drivers and if these cars are too stiff and too springy then something has to be done about it now.”

“Obviously when you’re at the top you just want to make sure nothing changes and when you’re not at the top you want to make sure a lot of things change. So those are the two spectrums of positions that we’re talking about here. Let’s just ask the pilots.”

Wolff also scoffed at Red Bull boss Christian Horner’s criticism that Mercedes was working intensively with the FIA ​​to change the rules simply to improve its own competitiveness.

“I think he’s just bored up front. Good for him. Trying to work with the FIA ​​has always been a part of it [du travail de responsable d’équipe]. I don’t know what he’s referring to because in the end we’re all part of the same circus. We work with the same stakeholders. Doesn’t he lobby? Him, he sits down [juste] in his office and not calling anyone?”

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