The Silverstone-based team believe the rule changes for this season to reduce downforce unfairly penalized teams that use low-rake cars.
He, along with Mercedes, estimates that cuts in the ground, diffuser and brake ducts cost low-rake teams a second per lap of performance compared to high-rake rivals.
Outfits are unable to change the rake concept to recoup their losses due to strict homologation rules limiting major auto parts upgrades this year.
Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer has expressed some unease over how the new rules have been introduced by the FIA, with two key issues considered to be at stake here.
The first is whether or not it was fair for the FIA to push forward with the floor changes for safety reasons, with F1 tire supplier Pirelli making a tougher rubber for this season which will have coped better anyway. higher downforce.
Otmar Szafnauer, Team Director and CEO, Aston Martin F1
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In addition, it is questioned whether it was fair that the F1 organization, as the holder of the commercial rights, was involved in the process of changing the safety rules.
Szafnauer is clear that, on what was a safety issue, the whole process should have been decided solely by the FIA and not be influenced by outside parties.
“The rule change that has been made for safety reasons, this type of governance relies solely on the FIA,” he said.
Pushed on the influence that F1 officials have had in proposing any changes, Szafnauer said: “As I said, I think this kind of regulatory change is the sole responsibility of the FIA. They are the experts.
Szafnauer said he is planning talks with the FIA and hopes the governing body will be able to respond in a way that will help make things fairer for low rake teams.
“I think the right thing to do is to have discussions with the FIA and find out exactly what happened and why. Then we can see if there is anything that can be done to make it fairer.
“I think it’s the right thing to do. As a team we have to work hard to try to get back all we can. But at the same time, we should have discussions with the FIA to make it a bit fairer.
Szafnauer did not rule out taking legal action in the future if a compromise solution was not found.
“I think we’re getting to this point after the talks,” he said. “It’s hard to predict. I think the right thing to do is see what can be done. “
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, whose team has also been impacted by the changes, has been unwilling to get drawn into the debate just yet.
“I think it’s a delicate subject, because you have to have the big picture before you make a comment,” he added to Sky.
“At this point, I don’t think it’s fair to point the finger at anyone or anyone. So I prefer not to talk about it at the moment.
Responding to Szafnauer’s comments, Red Bull boss Christian Horner said Aston would be “a little naive” to expect rule adjustments to even out the impact on different car concepts.