Small F1 teams penalized on floors by 2023 rules?

The technical regulations of Formula 1 were originally supposed to remain unchanged between 2022 and 2023. However, the fight against excessive impact and its health and safety risks has prompted the FIA ​​​​to work on significant changes.

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The bottom edge should be raised, probably by at least 10 or 15mm, with the FIA ​​initially considering the idea of ​​a 25mm increase. Be that as it may, such a change should not be without consequences because, in addition to the measures that will come into force from the Belgian GP, ​​it could mean that teams will have to verify their copy at the chassis level least in party , for 2023.

A situation that, according to Christian Horner, whose Red Bull team is clearly opposed to these measures and is one of the most successful of this technical age that is just beginning, could hit teams in particular who were expecting an important transfer of parts, especially the chassis, between 2022 and 2022 2023: “I think it’s an even bigger problem for smaller teams who just don’t have the resources to respond. I think whatever is done has to be reasonable.”

Guillaume Dezoteux, Vehicle Performance Manager of AlphaTauri, Team Red Bull Group, explained: “We are in the process of defining the key parameters for next year’s car. What should the fuel volume be? What should the car’s optimal weight distribution be?”

“Changing the aero rules is a big challenge for the teams because first you have to understand the impact on the overall performance of the car, like fuel volume, we can afford to change the target weight distribution, we can afford to do this or that to do.’ is too late to come back to it. The chassis will be launched in the next few weeks.”

Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri AT03

When asked if the concept change was enough to force teams to build an all-new chassis, Dezoteux replied: “Yes, I would say yes. Of course, when you raise the edge of the floor to reduce the car’s downforce, especially in high-speed corners, a lot of things change: like the amount, how much energy you put in.” on the tires and what the suspension is doing.”

“It changes the amplitude of the suspension because maybe you need to be able to jack the car up. If today you said you need to jack up the car [2022] 20 millimeters because the board is thicker, we couldn’t do that because our suspension wasn’t designed for it. The whole project is very networked. So when you change one setting, it usually affects everything else.”

However, the majority of teams have ambitions to build a new chassis for 2023, regardless of the magnitude of the rebound changes, not least because of the benefits in terms of weight reduction.

Alfa Romeo has nevertheless indicated through the voice of Jan Monchaux, its technical director, that it has ambitions to retain many elements for the upcoming campaign. “Being a rather small team, we may need to pursue a slightly more aggressive transfer strategy than some of the larger structures.”he explained.

“During the winter would force us to outsource with the resources we have to redo everything and that would probably become too expensive and jeopardize our development budget during the season. So we’re going to postpone some elements. Look at the cars in the February on.” [2023] and then you’ll find out which ones, but they’ll be quite visible, I think.”

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