FIA Braced for Flexi-Floor ‘Abuse’ From F1 Teams

Published 02/18/2022, 2:47 PM EST
Formula One F1 – New FIA President Press Conference – Paris, France – December 17, 2021 New FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem during the press conference REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

The F1 governing body FIA is set to have sharp eyes on every team this season. They will closely look at everything in order to clamp down flexi-floor abuse. The International Automobile Federation has made it clear that any such discrepancy will be dealt with in a hard way.

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The F1 has introduced new rules and regulations this year. And it was these regulations that have led to the major structural changes from the last year’s cars. The Venturi tunnels installed underneath the new structure are aimed to direct the airflow. However, as teams are now looking for ways to optimize their new car’s performance, they might soon do something that increases the airflow and reduces drag.

Formula One F1 – New FIA President Press Conference – Paris, France – December 17, 2021 New FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem during the press conference REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

The lesser the drag, the faster the car would be able to go in a straight line. However, FIA has made its intentions very clear regarding any such future incidents. Talking about this, Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA’s head of single-seater matters, conveyed, “Regarding flexing the diffuser or the floor edges to go downwards, we will be always keeping an eye on any flexibility that takes place and we will be imposing, when necessary, tests to reduce such effects and so on.

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Tombazis further explained, “With the new regulation, it is inevitable that there may be some areas which were not properly predicted in terms of flexibility, and that may have to be enhanced as we go along. We will not hesitate to do that. The rules permit us to intervene if we find that some abuse is taking place in certain areas.

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Such allegations and practice aren’t new in the sport. The latest case came in as recent as last year when Mercedes alleged Red Bull to have a ‘flexi’ rear wing. The German team alleged that the Austrian team have been bending their wing in order to reduce their drag and increase the straight-line speed.

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As the new season dawns, FIA will look to resolve everything regarding these technicalities. Moreover, they have the advantage of spying the eyes of the rivals as well, in case anything gets past them. This will eventually help the FIA to tackle any sort of discrepancies, just like the Mercedes and Red Bull feud regarding the ‘flexi wings’.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

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