Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz says the FIA must take immediate action to alleviate the physical pain porpoises are inflicting on Formula 1 drivers in the 2022 season.
Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix was one of the most physically demanding drivers have experienced in the modern era, with porpoises causing cars to bounce wildly up and down the circuit’s long straights at high speed, sending heavy loads through the spines of the drivers drivers sent. The effect can be a scene from onboard videos showing racers’ heads bouncing back and forth.
F1 returned to ground effect car design this year for the first time since the 1980s, to allow cars to follow each other more closely and give drivers tougher racing.
But the aerodynamic shift has introduced a peculiar quirk known as “porpoises,” in which cars bounce intensely at high speeds because the balance of air beneath the floor shifts fore and aft.
While some teams have managed to mitigate the issue to some extent, the problem persists, with drivers such as Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly and Lewis Hamilton detailing how their bodies struggled during the Baku race.
Sainz now says he would like the motorsport governing body, the FIA, to react very quickly.
“We’ve kindly asked the FIA to look into this, not so much to listen to the teams as to listen to us,” said Sainz, quoted by The Race. “We’re saying it’s getting to a point where we’re having trouble dealing with it.
“I don’t think we need a medical commission, we just need something smarter in terms of the suspension or the way the cars are driven where the FIA sees the possibility of the teams being so stiff, so hard , so drive, slightly more controlled handling is seen on the straights.
Sainz firmly believes that with the input of some of the sport’s most talented minds, a simple solution could be found instantly.
“I’m pretty sure if you ask two or three engineers in the paddock they will know the answer and what can be done to limit and regulate this. But we need the FIA to act as soon as possible – if not, it will start to accumulate.
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