Christian Horner denies Red Bull will be impacted by FIA rule change after Toto Wolff fires cheating allegation

Moving skid blocks are set to be banned after the summer break.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes his team will be unaffected by the regulation change set to come into effect at the Belgian Grand Prix.

In a bid to counter “porpoising” and bouncing, the FIA measured the cars at the Canadian Grand Prix so that they could set a limit for oscillating movement.

When they took readings from the cars, they found that some of them had been running wooden planks that deflect more than 2mm in certain areas unspecified by the technical regulations.

This allows better airflow underneath the car, and the improved stability means that the teams can run their cars lower without suffering from bottoming.

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They also discovered that some skid blocks are moving in and out of the plank while the drivers are racing, preventing it from wearing excessively and improving both comfort and performance for the driver.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff previously affirmed that this was a clear breach of the rules.

“The reason for skids is that they are the limitation of how much plank wear you can have, and if a skid can disappear miraculously into the floor, that is clearly against the regulations,” he said.

The oscillation limit, which Ferrari and Red Bull feel is an unfair advantage being given to Mercedes, will be joined by a ban on moving skid blocks in Belgium, while deflecting floors are to be discussed going into next year.

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However, Horner does not believe any action has to be taken by his team, as the characteristics of their car do not meet any of the above.

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“I believe, from what I’m told, I’m not even sure that we need to make any adaptations,” he said.

Ferrari’s race pace of late has rivalled that of Red Bull after the Milton Keynes-based side appeared to have the upper hand in that department after Australia.

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc have taken out the last two race wins for the Scuderia after Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez took seven in a row for Red Bull, so the next two rounds in France and Hungary before the summer break will be an intriguing prospect.

“I think they’ve certainly moved closer in terms of straight-line performance but it’s horses for courses,” added Horner.

“It will be interesting at the next couple of venues how that turns out.”

Verstappen leads Leclerc by 38 points heading into round 12 this weekend, while Red Bull are 56 points clear of Ferrari in the constructors’ battle.