Mercedes has solved ‘porpoising’, development direction is clear

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff confirms the team has solved its issues with ‘porpoising’, the main problem now is that “the cars are simply all too stiff”.

After the Canadian Grand Prix, Toto Wolff has cleared up where Mercedes stands with ‘porpoising’ and what their current issues are.

“I think in a way we have dissected what we define as porpoising or bouncing,” the Austrian said.

“And it is that the porpoising, which is the aerodynamic movement of the car, I think that’s solved and we got on top of this around Barcelona.

“It is more that the ride of the cars is really what causes the comments of the drivers. The cars are simply all too stiff.

“The kerb ride is bad, the bump ride is bad and I would say that now, with dissecting this problem, you can tackle it better.”

Wolff says stiffness is a problem for other teams on the grid too.


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“What we see in the cars is just the stiffness. You look at some of the slow motions from the two leading cars and the Alpines, you see that they are bouncing off the kerb in a very hard way.

“This is what the drivers actually complained about, the stiffness of the car. This is something we need to look at: how we can reduce the impact.

“And of course, the smoother the track, the better. The lower the kerbs, the less we see this phenomenon.”

Toto then outlines what Mercedes needs to do to improve its performance now.

“I think we just need to put more load in the car, more downforce and equally do that with a car that is not as low on the ground as we expected.

“It’s a clear direction: you can see the cars going higher. And this is where we need to find the performance,” Wolff concluded.

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