FIA clamps down on ‘grey area’ exploited by Red Bull; Mercedes confident of toppling Red Bull after summer break

The Belgian Grand Prix may well witness the start of Mercedes’ full fledged entry into the race for the constructors’ championship, especially with the new Technical Directive set to come into effect.

Porpoising problems have plagued Mercedes during the first half of the season, even if it wasn’t such a big concern in recent weeks owing to smoother tracks.

The German team has been vocal in how detrimental it can be for the long-term health of drivers, with team boss Toto Wolff even claiming that it can lead to brain damage.

While the new Technical Directive was supposed to be implemented in June, it received opposition from many teams.

However, it will now be introduced as soon as the season resumes at Spa.

FIA believes some teams have used the ‘grey area’ in its regulations to unfairly gain an advantage over others with respect to their car floors.

Reputed website Auto Motor und Sport has reported that Mercedes is convinced that Ferrari and Red Bull will lose two/three tenths due to this technical directive.

Is Red Bull worried about losing ground to Mercedes?

Mercedes. Credit: planetf1.com

However, if this really was the case, Christian Horner is doing a good job at hiding his nerves.

When asked if he was concerned about the new technical directive, Horner seemed unfazed.

“No, zero,” Horner said.

“I mean, I don’t know. Maybe he’s referring to… I don’t know, cars that are around him at the moment. I’ve no idea but absolutely no issues or concerns on our floor.”

This comes in the aftermath of Horner himself complaining about the implementation of the directive when it was initially announced.

Since then, he has said that it is “total rubbish”.

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