Toto Wolff surprisingly admits Mercedes gained ‘advantage’ by pressuring the FIA.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has admitted that putting pressure on the FIA often leads to the gaining of a “potential advantage.”
17 August 2022
by Finley Crebolder
Wolff and Mercedes have been calling for the governing body to change some rules to address the porpoising issues the German team have encountered this year. He denies that he and his team were putting pressure on the FIA for sporting reasons, but admits it can have his advantages.
“When you put pressure on the FIA there is always a potential advantage, in everything, and we have done that in the past,” he told the Italian branch of Motorsport.com. “I could also add that today we have understood the porpoising problems of our car, we got the pole position in the last race, but that doesn’t change anything,” he added.
“It is irrelevant, we are talking about something that damages the health of the drivers, from the outside we cannot understand what it means to be subjected to those particular stresses. I strongly believe that countermeasures must be taken to be sure that next year this problem will be a distant memory.”
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FIA ignore Ferrari protest threats as rule changes approved in boost for Lewis Hamilton
THE FIA have approved a number of changes to the technical regulations which are set to come into effect at this month's Belgian Grand Prix.
22:22, Tue, Aug 16, 2022
By Archie Griggs
The FIA's World Motor Sport Council have given the green light to regulation changes for the rest of this season and in 2023 in a bid to combat the 'porpoising' issue that has plagued the efforts of Mercedes over the course of this year. The Silver Arrows led calls for alterations to be made before the summer break, with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell having suffered from the violent bouncing of their cars on long straights since pre-season testing.
Mercedes have now seemingly got their wish, with the FIA approving the changes on Tuesday after several months of discussions behind closed doors. Not everybody is expected to be on board with the new measures, though, and Ferrari have already threatened to protest the ruling in the event of its approval as they believe it would serve to benefit Mercedes.
The changes are expected to mainly aid Mercedes, who have suffered with the issue of porpoising more than other teams. The safety of porpoising has however been called into question by a number of drivers since the start of this year. FIA president Mohamed Ben Sulayem has since reaffirmed that his main priority needs to be mitigating the health risks faced by those in the cockpit in order to reduce the risk of preventable injuries.
‘Mercedes have now seemingly got their wish, with the FIA approving the changes’;
FIA confirm details of clampdown on ‘flexi-floors’ from Belgian Grand Prix
Tuesday 16th August 2022 7:00 PM
The FIA have confirmed they are to monitor the stiffness of the planks under cars after some teams were accused of having ‘flexi-floors’.
FIA rules state the wooden plank which runs along the bottom of the car must have a limit of 2mm of flexibility, but there was suspicion some in the paddock had found a grey area which allowed them to hit up to 6mm of flexibility.
Mercedes’ Toto Wolff was the most vocal in his criticism of the FIA’s slowness to act, saying it should have been policed as soon the FIA had caught suspicion it was going on, but the Austrian now has his wish with the governing body set to inspect the cars more closely. The FIA have introduced the new measures alongside rules to combat porpoising and some of them will be in place for the next race in Belgium.
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Breaking: F1's new engine formula finally confirmed as FIA share full details
Author RacingNews365 Staff
F1's governing body, the FIA, have set out the much-anticipated 2026 power unit regulations following their approval by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC).
As revealed by RacingNews365.com, a complete set of 2026-on PU rules was recently distributed to the sport's major players, with the WMSC now ratifying them.
Existing manufacturers, prospective manufacturers and the FIA have been involved in discussions over the final features of the regulations for many months.
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FIA confirms roll hoop design changes in wake of Zhou crash
Posted on 17th August 2022, 0:01
Written by Will Wood
In the round-up: The FIA have confirmed that the design of roll hoops on Formula 1 cars will be changed in a bid to avoid similar accidents to the one experienced by Zhou Guanyu at Silverstone. The FIA have confirmed that the design of roll hoops on Formula 1 cars will be changed in a bid to avoid similar accidents to the one experienced by Zhou Guanyu at Silverstone.
Alfa Romeo driver Zhou survived a frightening accident at the start of the British Grand Prix when he was pitched upside down by contact with his helmet millimetres from the track before his car dug into a gravel trap and rolled.
Despite his roll hoop breaking off his car after his half-roll, Alfa Romeo later confirmed that his roll hoop had not technically failed, but that the forces placed on the roll hoop in the accident exceeded the threshold they are tested for.
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