The governing physique has promised to impose stricter checks as a direct results of Zhou Guanyu’s accident on the British GP, which noticed the Chinese language driver’s Alfa Romeo roll hoop fail after contact with the observe with a drive that exceeded something that had beforehand been foreseen.
Alfa Romeo has been working carefully with the FIA ever since, whereas different groups have additionally been consulted and requested for suggestions on potential modifications to the wording of the rules.
The topic shall be mentioned at a specifically convened assembly of the FIA technical advisory committee led by head of single-seater issues Nikolas Tombazis.
One doable final result might be a transfer away from the “spike” hoop design that hitherto the foundations allowed. Alfa Romeo is the one staff utilizing it in 2022.
Any rule modifications need to be confirmed as quickly as doable to be able to enable groups ample time to make sure that their 2023 chassis designs adjust to the stricter checks.
One complication might be that some groups have been contemplating carrying over their 2022 chassis as a cost-saving measure, and they’re going to now need to adapt.
Talking on the latest French GP Alfa Romeo technical director Jan Monchaux confirmed the Swiss outfit has been co-operating carefully with the FIA.
“The evaluation remains to be ongoing, we’re working because the first day with the FIA to attempt to reconstruct the accident and assess as finest as we are able to,” he stated when requested by Motorsport.com about progress.
“As a result of it isn’t a simple job, the drive concerned. As but the inner investigations will not be utterly completed, so I will not disclose something. And if somebody will disclose one thing, it should be the FIA.
Alfa Romeo C42 of Zhou Guanyu after his crash
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photographs
“In between, the FIA has requested all of the groups to offer suggestions, imposing a number of load instances on their respective roll hoops to know probably the place there’s room for enchancment in impact.
“The load instances which might be being imposed by the foundations, you have got some vectors the place you could apply a drive on the entrance and on the rear of your roll hoop [that] are probably not essentially the most enough for the sort of accident we had, the place successfully you have got a automotive sliding, so subjected to forces which might be fairly flat-ish, and never a lot a sort of vertical impression.
“So there is perhaps right here modifications sooner or later. However I consider the FIA will come again earlier than the shutdown [summer break] with some new suggestions, extra checks. We have now to see what they may draw out from the suggestions of all of the groups.”
McLaren technical director James Key acknowledged that the forces concerned within the Zhou crash have been unprecedented.
“I admire it is very sophisticated to try to derive load instances from this,” he stated. “However actually the FIA are working onerous to assist the groups derive a brand new check.
“That was a fairly scary state of affairs with a singular set of situations, and something like that may at all times draw contemporary conclusions from a security viewpoint, and that is precisely what the groups and the FIA are discussing additional for subsequent yr.
“I believe, as was talked about, we’ll get some type of extra lateral loading checks or one thing like this, which we’ve to cross for 2023.”