Pink Bull boss, Christian Horner admits shock at Aston Martin calling for a revision of the 2021 aero guidelines after only one race, describing the transfer as “naive”.
The Briton was reacting to Otmar Szafnauer’s admission that authorized motion may observe if the foundations launched this season, allegedly influenced by F1 bosses, and within the title of security, usually are not revised.
In a bid to restrict downforce within the remaining season earlier than the foundations overhaul for 2022, the FIA mandated adjustments to the ground, diffuser and brake ducts which have impacted the efficiency of these vehicles working low rake, akin to Mercedes and Aston Martin.
Talking in Bahrain, Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff mentioned: “I believe we have most likely suffered extra with the change of rules than the vehicles with the upper rake,” mentioned the Austrian, a declare confirmed by Szafnauer.
“After we final raced right here, simply 4 months in the past, we have been heading for a podium on benefit,” mentioned the Aston Martin boss. “We won’t be anyplace close to that sort of efficiency right here now and the direct explanation for that efficiency drop-off is the brand new for 2021 aero rules. It seems to be just like the high-rake aero philosophy vehicles have gained round a second per lap.”
“We could not run our suspensions and settings in the best way that Pink Bull does,” added Wolff, “and so we have to do the very best out of it and tune the automotive to what now we have obtainable.”
Conscious that it would not have the sources of Mercedes and that it’ll subsequently spend all the season enjoying catch-up, a state of affairs not helped by the upcoming change of focus to 2022, Aston Martin is asking for the foundations to be revised… regardless that the season is only one race previous.
Pink Bull’s, Christian Horner has little sympathy for his rival’s plight.
“We had a pattern of 1, that Mercedes received with what we classify a low-rake automotive,” he instructed Sky Sports activities. “That they had completely equal, if not possibly higher, tyre degradation than we had in Bahrain. They’ve appeared mighty spectacular right here and we have solely run at one circuit to this point.
“However ignoring all of that, there’s a course of for rules to be launched and so they have been voted via unanimously via the totally different rules,” he added. “Aston Martin or Racing Level would have needed to vote for earlier than being handed via the Method 1 Fee and the World Council. They have been all voted via unanimously.
“When there was a entrance wing change a couple of years in the past it actually harm us,” he added. “We voted towards it, however you simply have to simply accept it.
“It appears a bit of naive to assume that instantly the foundations are going to get modified after the pattern of a single race after the method has been totally adopted. I am struggling to get my head round that.”
Certainly, guidelines can solely be modified ‘mid-season’ within the pursuits of security, which is ostensibly why the 2021 guidelines have been launched – and voted for – within the first place.
“Whether or not it was blown diffusers, double diffusers, flexing wings, non-flexing wings, F-ducts, entrance wing rules… as I discussed simply a few years in the past, it is a part of Method 1,” mentioned Horner. “Laws evolve and alter and you have to swing with these punches… that’s F1.
“We have an enormous regulation change for subsequent yr, however the groups have identified that. That is been a part of the game for a lot of, a few years.”
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