The Canadian Grand Prix has long been a happy hunting ground for Lewis Hamilton. The seven-time champion counts it as one of his favorite meetings, and although he’s seen more victories this year, Hamilton at least eliminates car porpoising identified as: I feel some joy from the FIA’s determination. Potential long-term health risk.
Hamilton said he has been suffering from headaches since the beginning of the season.
After a bruising weekend in Baku, where the porpoising phenomenon (vertical discomfort of the car) was particularly intense, various drivers sought FIA intervention.
On Thursday, the Governing Body issued a directive stating that it would investigate the issue and implement rule changes for security reasons.
At the age of 37, in his 16th season in F1, Hamilton has been well on his way to competition for many years, but at the circuit Gilles Villeneuve has stated that the damage caused by the porpoising phenomenon is serious, regardless of age.
“I’m not talking to an expert [spinal] It’s a disc, but I can feel myself, “he said. “I’m a little short this week and the discs aren’t in the best condition so far. It’s not good for longevity. You don’t have to be injured for a long time.
“After a recent race, I have more bruises on my body. It takes more than a week to heal and I have to do more to do that. I think it has nothing to do with age. This is because the bruise can be terrible.
When I experienced up to 10G with heavy and heavy load bumps on the bottom and top of my neck in the last race. I’ve had more headaches in the last few months. I don’t take it very seriously. I’m just taking painkillers. I hope there is no concussion. “
The FIA’s position dominates the debate in building the Canadian Grand Prix, and the majority of drivers welcome the proposed changes. However, championship leader Max Verstappen did a great job with Red Bull, which almost eliminated the problem of porpoising, and wasn’t too crazy about adjusting regulation during the season. This is not surprising given that car drivers who may win the title do not welcome variable changes.
“I don’t think these rules are correct when they change in the middle of the year, whether it helps us or opposes us,” Verstappen said. “I understand the safety part of it, but if you raise your car, you’ll have less problems.”
The issue was enthusiastically raised at a driver’s briefing in Baku, and Hamilton hinted that Verstappen might simply have been repeating Red Bull’s party line in public.
“It’s always interesting to see people’s perspectives and opinions from different perspectives,” Hamilton said. “In front of the media, that’s one thing. In others, sometimes people say different things in the background. Ultimately, safety is paramount. It deals with bounces over the next four years. It’s not about fixing it and getting rid of it, and we all have no problems moving forward. “
Forcing the ride height was expected to be detrimental to Hamilton’s Mercedes, which was designed to run the fastest to the truck, but British driver and his teammate George Russell were in trouble. Did not resolve and insisted that a radical change was needed.
“We raised the ride height, but it’s still bouncing,” Hamilton said.
“You can’t go any further. It’s limited by the rear suspension. The porpoising phenomenon is caused by the turbulence of the air flow under the car.”
How the FIA deals with it is a real concern for Mercedes and can be important in deciding whether to continue this design concept next year or choose a different approach. Doing so will effectively cancel the commitment to upgrade this year’s car, as resources will need to be shifted to next year’s model.