F1 racers will lose half a second per lap in 2023 due to bottom changes

Author of the article: , published January 4, 2023.

In the 1 season, F2023 teams will have to make up around half a second of lap time lost due to the new rules regarding the bottom of the cars.

The FIA ​​has adopted a series of changes in 2022 that will see racing cars no longer bounce. In the first half of last season, some teams faced a lot of problems due to the bouncing of the racing cars, and at Mercedes, the umbrella organization FIA was called for changes, as the unpleasant phenomenon is said to not only harm the shape of the racing car compared to others, but also caused brain damage.

In 2022, the teams more or less successfully faced the phenomenon of car bouncing.

The FIA ​​already adopted some changes during the season, and carried some of them over to the 2023 season as well. Among them is raising the front edge of the bottom of the racing cars by 15 millimeters, with which they want to prevent the teams from lowering the racing cars low to the ground, because the height of the racing car initiates bouncing.

Although most teams have eliminated jumping by the end of the 2022 season, Nikolas Tombazis, technical director of single-seater racing at the FIA, believes that rule changes for 2023 were absolutely necessary. "Of course, big changes happened after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but I have no doubt that we did the right thing," he is convinced. "We were looking for a practical, short-term solution and a medium-term solution. The changes probably won't completely eliminate bouncing, but it will definitely be a step forward.”

Tombazis estimates that the racers will not lose much vacuum: "I would say that they will lose between 15 and 20 points, which translates into a time somewhere around half a second per lap."

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