The FIA’s ‘anti-porpoising’ directive might actually hinder Mercedes

© Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd.

The FIA has issued a new technical directive aimed at reducing porpoising, but judging by the wording, it might be bad news for Mercedes.

The FIA’s new technical directive aimed at reducing porpoising might actually be bad news for the teams who are struggling with this problem the most.

More specifically, the FIA plans on introducing a metric that will help determine acceptable levels of bouncing, which means those who are over this limit, will have to reduce their bouncing by any means.

The obvious way to reduce bouncing it to raise the height of the car, but it comes at the cost of performance.

This means cars that have more bouncing, like Mercedes and Ferrari, will lose performance, while those who are not affected by bouncing that much, like Red Bull, might not have to do anything at all.

Sky Sports F1’s Craig Slater believes this will be the short-term effect of the directive.

“I don’t think this helps, in the short-term, Lewis Hamilton at all,” Slater said.


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“What they’re saying is that you must not allow your car to vibrate like this. Teams that don’t have a problem with it won’t have to make any changes.

“Teams like Mercedes, whose car bounces up and down, are effectively going to have to raise the height of the car.  That will stop the bouncing and it will also slow the car down.

“So, actually, in the shorter term this doesn’t look like it’s going to help Lewis Hamilton or Mercedes at all,” the Briton concluded.

However, this will not happen in Canada, because the first step for the FIA is to collect data, before they can start implementing any rule changes.

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