Yesterday the FIA has revealed their plans on how to reduce porpoising, in the interest of drivers’ health and safety.
The first reactions are saying that the way the FIA chose to deal with this might not be good news for Mercedes, as it might actually force the team to increase their ride height, and lose performance in the process.
In his Sky Sports F1 column, Ted Kravitz says this is the word coming from the paddock.
“It’s quite a surprise because Mercedes have been spending the last couple of weeks and races saying that something should be done to address the bouncing issues, the porpoising of the cars, which is an aerodynamic phenomenon,” the Briton wrote.
“Actually, at the last race, it wasn’t the aerodynamic phenomenon. It was the fact that Mercedes were running their cars very low to the ground and the cars were hitting the track when they hit some bumps.
“So what Mercedes were wanting to hear from the FIA, was some kind of rule on maybe everybody raising their cars up so that the drivers wouldn’t get a bad back.
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“Instead, what they got from the FIA, is almost a taskforce, a technical directive addressing the people whose cars are bouncing, namely Mercedes.
“So this is working against Mercedes and this could have a very negative effect on Lewis Hamilton’s season.
“Based on what they’re saying, the FIA are going to look at ways of stopping the porpoising, on the Mercedes all that means is raising the car up so that the car doesn’t hit the ground any more and cause a pain in the back any more to Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
“Of course, the consequence of that is the Mercedes cars will go slower because that is not the way they like to be run for maximum speed.
“They like to be run close to the ground – and if you get a bad back, well I’m sorry that’s just the consequence of going quick. You raise the Mercedes up, you’re going to go slow.
“So that’s the reaction that we’re having here in Canada to what’s been really a surprising intervention by the FIA and not one that Mercedes were after,” Kravitz concluded.