The FIA has decided to impose rules to limit porpoises and the rebounds of F1 2022. The fact that the health of the drivers has been a priority for the federation has pleased George Russell, Mercedes F1 driver and director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA, the drivers’ association ).
“It’s promising to see that they acted immediately and it didn’t take them weeks, months or political decisions to change something like this.” Russell said in Montreal.
“Lorsqu’il s’agit de sécurité, les choses doivent être résolues au plus vite. Je suis donc agréablement… pas surpris de voir que les choses se passent si vite, mais je thought que c’est une bonne chose pour tout the world.”
Russell, on the other hand, recalls that Mercedes F1 had no interest in such performance changes. According to him, it is very likely that the impact will be negative and that his team will find it difficult to understand the effects.
“It’s something that everyone thinks Mercedes is pushing for, but from a pure performance point of view we don’t really want a change because if there is a change, you never know if it’s right. It goes for you or for you. against”.
“It’s something we’ve talked about as riders globally, we want change going forward because what we went through last weekend just wasn’t sustainable.
“It doesn’t matter what boat you’re on, you’re either in porpoise and you hit the ground, or you’re not in porpoise and you’re driving the car very close to the ground. Somehow, it’s not great.” “
Gasly: ”We are not here to complain”
Pierre Gasly, who had feared after Baku that the drivers would end up “with a cane before 30”he is glad that the interests of the teams did not take precedence over the health of the drivers for the FIA: “Regardless of the interest of the teams or the cars, we were all saying it was clearly too much.”
“You can’t figure out what it is, just by looking at the cameras on board or from the outside. Once you’re driving the car and you get hit for 1.5 hours at 330 km/h, the perception is totally different. Once you’ve experienced really what it is.”
“We are in the best position to discuss this matter and I am happy that you have understood that this is a serious issue for all of us going forward. We are not here just to complain, not that we want to complain.” something, we are not like that”.
“We all love the sport the way it is, we all try to make it better and move it forward, and that’s just a concern for our health, all of us, before linking it to any performance.”
“We are the ones who have to face these pains”
The Frenchman from AlphaTauri revealed that he was doing two physiotherapy sessions a day during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, for “reduce tissue tension” after suffering so many rebounds and pains. According to him, strangers are not able to understand the violence of the phenomenon.
Gasly is, like Russell, pleased to see that the FIA acted quickly: “I’m glad they’re taking the issue seriously and trying to take action as quickly as possible. It’s a real concern for all drivers.”
“At the end of the day, we’re the ones in the car and we have to deal with all this impact, pain and stiffness it creates in our backs. I’m happy they got the message and responded quickly with action.” .”
Tsunoda feared “a really dangerous accident”
Gasly’s teammate Yuki Tsunoda admits that he suffered less pain himself. On the other hand, he admits that, in addition to the physical limitations of some other pilots, tracking and porpoise can have dramatic consequences.
“It didn’t affect me much, I didn’t feel any pain or anything like that” Tsunoda said. “So either way, for me, it was fine.”
“But it’s better not to have porpoises, especially when you’re running over 300km/h side to side on the main straight. Porpoises can cause unexpected movement and a really dangerous crash.”
“So it’s better not to suffer from that, and also for the different teams that have mentioned that they feel it physically. It’s good and I hope it solves the problem but without compromising our performance.”
The FIA plays the “adult role” with the teams
Kevin Magnussen welcomed the intervention of the FIA to stop this problem. According to the Haas F1 driver, leaving this decision to the teams would have led to a status quo, as they would have wanted to raise their interests.
“That’s the reason they’re there, it’s part of their job to intervene because we can’t let teams do it.” Magnussen said. “Teams are always going to do what’s best for them.”
“It’s natural, and everyone should expect everyone else to do it. That’s the way things are. So that’s what the FIA is for, to step in as an adult and make sure things are okay.”
“I heard the story of a driver who was racing in the 70s or 80s, when they had the same porpoise problems, and who had to leave Formula 1 because he had too much back pain. So it’s something to look at. And I’m sure the FIA and Formula 1 are doing everything they can to try and stop it.”