FIA takes action against ‘porpoising’

FIA takes action against 'porpoising'

The FIA ​​has responded to criticism from Formula 1 drivers and announced measures to “reduce or eliminate” vehicular boom.

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MONTREAL (SID) – The World Automobile Association (FIA) has reacted to criticism and concerns from several Formula 1 drivers and announced measures that aim to “reduce or eliminate” the features characteristic of the latest generation of vehicles. In its statement published ahead of the ninth race of the season on Sunday (8pm/Sky) in Montreal, the FIA ​​referred to the measures in the interest of safety.

“In a sport where competitors race at speeds in excess of 300 km/h, a driver’s full attention must be on the task, and extreme fatigue or pain in a driver can have significant consequences if it results in a loss of concentration.” Is.” In addition, the FIA ​​has concerns over the immediate physical impact on the health of drivers, some of whom have reported back pain following recent incidents, the statement said.

A related technical directive has already been issued to ten racing teams, the FIA ​​continues. In particular, in the future, among other things, the floor panels of vehicles will be checked even more closely for wear. In addition, a key figure must be defined that “is based on the vertical acceleration of the vehicle and represents a quantitative limit for an acceptable level of vertical vibration”. A precise mathematical formula is still being worked out. Teams were “called upon” to contribute to the process.

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As the specialist magazine Auto Motor und Sport reports, the FIA ​​intends to set the limit value outlined in Friday’s practice session in Montreal, which is to be compulsorily observed from the third free practice session on Saturday.

In addition to the short-term measures, the FIA ​​also wants to convene a technical meeting with teams “to define measures that will reduce the tendency of cars to experience such incidents in the medium term”.

The so-called “porpoizing” is the result of a new rule that has been in effect since the start of the season: the underbody is sucked extremely close to the asphalt, contact pressure is lost, causing the car to lift up again – and the process over again. it occurs.

The problem became particularly evident at last weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where top speeds of over 350 km/h were hit straight home over two km long. Record world champion Lewis Hamilton complained of hellish back pain via radio during the race, and several colleagues also called on the FIA ​​to take action.

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