This season, the porpoise phenomenon is being talked about a lot, as the rebounds generated by this ground effect make the riders suffer. Mercedes is a particular victim of this phenomenon starting with Lewis Hamilton, who finished the Azerbaijani GP with a severe back pain. Thus, the FIA has taken on the problem by sending a directive to the teams. But that is not enough for George Russell.
This season, single-seater cars have evolved greatly Formula 1. And for good reason, a new technical regulation has been put in place FIA in order to make it easier for the drivers to succeed each other in the race and thus provide more spectacle. Therefore, cars are much closer to the ground which generates a new phenomenon: the porpoise. This has the effect of bouncing the cars in a straight line and therefore at full speed. And it’s obviously very uncomfortable for pilots who constantly complain, like Lewis Hamiltonespecially affected during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. A situation that pushed the FIA to seize the phenomenon by sending a technical directive to the teams that were reluctant to solve the problem. And for good reason, to end the rebounds, the cars will have to go up which would mean a drop in performance. Despite this, Lewis Hamilton was satisfied that the FIA take matters into your own hands. ” After all, safety is paramount and there is at least one driver on each team who has spoken out. I don’t think it has changed much, but there is a lot to do. It is good that the FIA is working, because we have this car for years to come. So it’s not a matter of holding on to the rebounds for years to come, but to get rid of them completely, to fix them, so that the future drivers, all of us, no longer have back problems. “said the seven – time world champion.
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“The problem inherent in these 2022 cars is therefore far from over.”
As a result, from the Canadian Grand Prix, the teams were able to apply the measures of the FIA in particular by installing a second floor to stabilize the cars and improve their rigidity. After trying it out during free practice, Mercedes finally didn’t use it in the race. And despite some progress, george russell assures that the problem is far from solved. ” He was bumpy, really bumpy on this road. We had no porpoise, we were bouncing down the straight and stepping on the ground. I think there are several factors. The wind is one, the blows of one circuit another. The addition of a second floor, which is part of the measures taken by the FIA, was to no avail, so we did not use it in the race. The problem inherent in these 2022 cars, therefore, is far from being solved. “, says his teammate Lewis Hamilton in comments reported by Nextgen-auto.com. It remains to be seen how the cars will behave during the British GP which will take place in two weeks on the circuit of Silverstone.