The FIA ​​​​to introduce new measures to tackle porpoise problems in Formula 1

Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix

Problems with porpoises reach new heights at Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Picture: Getty)

The FIA ​​has announced plans to control the porpoise problem that has plagued Formula 1 cars and drivers this season.

The new design of F1 cars for 2022 has resulted in the effect of cars bouncing violently at high speed, sending heavy loads through the drivers’ spines.

The problem has been known ever since Pre-season testing and despite attempts by engineers to counteract this, the situation seems to have only worsened since then, with the issue being a big topic of conversation at last Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton suffered from severe back pain during and after Baku (Picture: Getty)

After the race, sir Lewis Hamilton, whose Mercedes W13 has suffered more than any other proposed car, struggled to climb out of his machine and was seen clutching his back in pain.

Hamilton, along with team-mate George Russell, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, have led the public call for those responsible for the sport to find a solution to the matter in the interest of safety.

And it appears those prayers have now been answered as the FIA ​​introduces short-term measures ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix and then works closely with teams to tackle porpoises.

In a statement on Thursday, the sport’s governing body said: “In a sport where competitors routinely compete at speeds in excess of 300km/h, there is an understanding that a driver’s entire focus must be on that task and the avoidance of excessive fatigue or.” Pain experienced by a driver could have significant consequences if it leads to a loss of concentration.”

The FIA ​​initially did not want to intervene in the matter as they and F1 bosses viewed porpoises as a performance-related issue rather than a safety issue, but the recent Grand Prix has made it impossible to ignore.

Short-term measures include closer inspection of the planks and skids beneath the cars, while the FIA ​​aims to establish a metric that will define the limit for “acceptable levels of vertical vibration”.

While action is finally being taken, those actions are unlikely to help Hamilton and Mercedes, who may now be forced to increase the car’s height to meet that metric, which they are reluctant to do as it can severely dampen that speed of the car.

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