George Russell says none of the teams ‘truly understand’ porpoising

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George Russell says Mercedes is not the only team that can’t get to the bottom of the porpoising issue, in fact he doesn’t think “anybody truly understands it”.

Mercedes’ 2022 car has been suffering from hard porpoising since pre-season testing, and it seems the team is still not closer to resolving the issue.

George Russell has previously suggested that an active suspension could be a possible solution, and now in a talk with Sky Sports F1, he reiterated this.

“I’ve spoken about active suspension before,” the Briton said.

“That was the solution back in the eighties, so maybe that’s the solution [now].

“From a pure racing and driving experience, it would make the cars much quicker because you could put the car at the perfect ride height for each individual corner speed.

“It’s pretty straightforward technology these days, it’s something you see on road cars as well, especially in 4×4 cars that change the ride height depending on terrain.

“It seems like it could be a simple solution. It’s something that [would] contribute to making these cars even faster.

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“I don’t make the rules, I’m not a designer, maybe there are other limitations around it and it is not as simple as I thought. I think it could be cool, it could be interesting.”

Russell went on to state that Mercedes is not the only team that doesn’t truly understand this issue, in fact he believes none of the teams understand it.

“We don’t understand it, I don’t think anybody truly understands it. McLaren are the only team who don’t have it, and they don’t understand why.

“This is the slightly strange thing about it all, there are so many brilliant engineers across the whole of Formula 1, yet it caught everybody by surprise.

“Nine out of 10 teams all had this issue,” he concluded.

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