Verstappen blames Mercedes for FIA’s ‘anti-porpoising’ directive

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In reaction to the FIA’s ‘anti-porpoising’ directive, Max Verstappen says “it shouldn’t be that one team is complaining a lot and suddenly then they change the regs around it”.

Yesterday the FIA released a technical directive outlining measures aimed at reducing ‘porpoising’, following complaints from drivers.

Although the complaints were coming from drivers from various teams, Max Verstappen seems to think the directive came as a result of Mercedes’ “complaining”.

“I think it’s a bit disappointing that again there is a rule change mid-season, I would say,” Verstappen told RACER.

“It’s not even about affecting us more or less than other teams, but it shouldn’t be that one team is complaining a lot and suddenly then they change the regs around it.

“I think there are a lot of teams that actually did an amazing job to not have these kind of issues, so it is possible to drive around it. If you raise your car then you won’t have these issues, but you lose performance.


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“But if you can’t design the car properly for that then that’s your fault, it’s not the regs fault. For me that is a bit of a shame.

“Of course every track is different, too, but I think it’s a bit of a shame to change it mid-season and clearly teams have shown you can drive normally, or at least with a lot less issues than some other teams,” the Dutch driver concluded.

Red Bull’s advisor Dr Helmut Marko was also not happy about the directive.

“This is complete nonsense,” Marko told  Kleine Zeitung.

“Just because a team can’t cope with the changes, you don’t change the regulations.

“You can just put the car higher, and that’s it,” the Austrian concluded.

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