Red Bull has accused Mercedes of deliberately complaining about bouncing

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Mercedes and Ferrari are encouraging their drivers to “bitch as much as they could on the radio” regarding bouncing.

Since the start of the 2022 season Mercedes’ car has been bouncing heavily, and it’s starting to be a safety concern and a health hazard.

This was especially evident during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, when Lewis Hamilton complained about feeling back pain throughout the race, and he could later be seen nursing his back.

Mercedes, however, is not the only team facing heavy bouncing, as other drivers have complained about this too, most notably the Ferrari drivers.

Well, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner thinks the complaints are a deliberate attempt at forcing the FIA to change the rules so that bouncing can be prevented, without them having to sacrifice performance.

“The easiest thing is obviously to raise a car,” Horner said after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“So… you know, the team has a choice to do that. You have a choice where you run your car, don’t you? And you should never run a car that’s unsafe.

“But… I think that’s more for the technical guys – because there’s certain cars that have issues, and there are some cars that have few issues.

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“It would seem unfair to penalise the ones that have done a decent job versus the ones that have perhaps missed the target slightly.”

Asked what he would do if the Red Bull was experiencing the same issues, Horner said:

“I’d tell them to bitch as much as they could on the radio, and make as big an issue out of it as they possibly could. It’s part of the game.”

He was then asked point blank if he believes that’s what the teams are doing.

“Of course it is. I mean, look, you can see it’s uncomfortable – but there are remedies to that. But it’s to the detriment of the car performance.

“What’s the easiest thing to do is to complain from a safety point of view – but each team has a choice.”

“I think if it was a genuine safety concern across the whole grid, then it’s something that should be looked at.

“But if it’s only affecting isolated people or teams, that’s something that that team should potentially deal with,” Horner concluded.

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