The FIA will meet with the team this week to ease the controversy caused by the regulatory intervention that cast a shadow over the Canadian Grand Prix. F1’s governing body tried to deal with the problem of truck bouncing cars this season for fear of driver safety, but their efforts only caused friction throughout the paddock.
Toto Wolff, the principal of the Mercedes team, said the FIA had to act with the driver’s responsibility for safety in mind, while Red Bull’s counterpart Christian Horner said Mercedes exacerbated the bounce problem. Please blame it for designing and expect regulatory changes.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won in Montreal, beating second-placed Sergio Perez by 46 points and third-placed Charles Leclerc by 49 points. Mercedes finished 3rd and 4th with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, and the team was pleased with the improved performance.
Mercedes cars are particularly affected by the porpoising and bounce issues that are the result of new regulations this season. The porpoising phenomenon is the intense vertical discomfort caused by gaining or losing downforce from the aerodynamics of the ground effect under the car. Most teams, including Mercedes, believe this has now been resolved. However, the driver’s bounce in the cockpit remains for many teams. This is a factor for vehicles with very stiff suspension and low ground clearance needed to maximize ground effect aero.
On the bumpy roads of Monaco and Baku, the bounces were so intense that questions were raised about the safety of the driver, including the risk of microconcussion and whether the braking zone could be safely seen.
On Thursday before the Canadian Grand Prix, the FIA issued a technical directive stating that it was to address the problem and try to find a solution. We could also make certain changes in Montreal to mitigate it. This proved to be controversial by some teams opposed what they saw as a rule change without consultation.
After a team enthusiastic meeting on Saturday, Wolff described the political maneuvers by several teams on this subject, which considers safety issues to be “poor” and “dishonest.”
Unsatisfactory conclusions were reached, and FIA single-seater technical director Nicholaston Bazis met with the team’s technical director this week to agree on how to move forward before the next round, the Birmingham Grand Prix. Try to reach. Silver stone.
Mercedes has been accused of exaggerating how uncomfortable the driver was in the car to speed up the rule change, and the problem remains expensive. However, Wolff expressed concern that it was a problem that was widespread throughout the team and that opposition to addressing it was short-sighted.
“The political tactics that have been made so far do not take into account what is at the heart of this topic,” he said. “The heart of this topic is that since the beginning of the season, drivers have been complaining about the pain of driving these cars. Back pain, blurred vision, we literally all teams have microconcussion and feedback. We’re talking about people who give us. This is something we need to work on. Whatever the solution, whatever can be technically implemented to move in that direction.
“It’s important to note that this isn’t about cutting winglets or double diffusers in favor of the team. All of our principals and teams are responsible for not downplaying this.”
Leading the driver and constructor championship, lacking car porpoising and having most bounce issues, Red Bull accepts rule changes that it believes are only necessary for the failure of other teams. Of course, I’m modest.
“The problem with Mercedes is more serious than any other car,” Horner said. “It certainly depends on the team. If it doesn’t affect others, it’s under their control. No bounce issues have occurred. The problem is that they have their car so much. It’s running hard. I think their concept is a problem, not a regulation. “