Up to six teams are resisting efforts to permanently change the rules next year to stamp out guinea pigs.

Up to six teams are resisting efforts to permanently change the rules next year to stamp out guinea pigs.

Following a recent technical directive, Formula 1’s governing body is now pushing ahead with permanent rule changes for 2023, but top teams Red Bull and Ferrari furious.

“Significant rule changes are being pushed so that one team can make their car lower and benefit from their concept,” the Red Bull boss said. Christian Hornerreferring to Mercedes.

In recent days and weeks, the president of the FIA Mohammed Ben Sulayem is reported to have been in personal contact with the teams to understand the situation.

“I think the FIA ​​president is doing the right thing by gathering information,” Horner said.

“But I hope that a reasonable solution can be found, because it is too late to make fundamental changes to the rules.”

Doctor Helmut Marco more openly upset about the situation, insisting that there was “no question” that a rule change would be made at the request of one team.

“McLaren, Aston Martin and Mercedes voted for it,” he told the Osterreich newspaper.

“Surprisingly, all the teams with Mercedes engines. Is this a coincidence?’ the 79-year-old Austrian asked rhetorically.

Marco said the dispute was “far from over” and rejected the thesis that the FIA ​​could simply push through the changes on safety grounds.

“There must be strong arguments,” he said. “Simply emphasizing safety is not enough. And Ferrari won’t accept that either.”

Ferrari boss indeed Mattia Binotto agreed: “There is no reason to treat this as a security issue. Because most teams now control the bounce.

“And Spa has fixed limits anyway. So if the cars are up to spec, they should be safe. And if there’s no safety argument, the normal voting process should be followed to change the rules.”

It involves a vote of the teams, with Red Bull and Ferrari backing Alfa Tauri, Alfa Romeo, Haas and Mercedes-powered Williams on the matter, according to insiders.

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