FIA sticks to guns on F1 ‘bouncing’ rule change despite top teams’ objections

This weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix the FIA has explicitly shown it will not tolerate a risk of long-term head trauma to its drivers. The issue that has dominated the season is that of cars “porpoising” and bouncing on the track under the new regulations. The FIA reacted with two parts of a new technical directive which come into play this weekend. Both Ferrari and Red Bull are believed to have been exploiting a loophole in the rules that allowed an element of flexibility in their floor, while Mercedes did not. Red Bull and Ferrari, of course, objected but the FIA has stuck to its guns. “The FIA commissioned medical work on the porpoising,” he said. The Red Bull driver was a full eight‑tenths up on Ferrari’s Leclerc in second.

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