F1 Drivers Want Change to Stop ‘Painful’ Porpoising…But Not Everyone Agrees – WTF1
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F1 Drivers Want Change to Stop ‘Painful’ Porpoising…But Not Everyone Agrees

Whilst the majority of the F1 grid would like their cars to stop repeatedly “smashing” off the tarmac, Christian Horner and Fernando Alonso have a slightly different opinion…

Although the Red Bulls have had their fair share of porpoising, Horner believes other team bosses have told their drivers to kick up a bit of a fuss about their cars’ ride quality in an effort to force the FIA to level the playing field.

Speaking to media including The Race after Red Bull’s 1-2 finish in Baku, he said “The easiest thing is obviously to raise the car. So…you know, the team has a choice to do that. It would seem unfair to penalise the ones that have done a decent job versus the ones that have perhaps missed the target slightly.

“You can see it’s uncomfortable – but there are remedies to that. But it’s detriment to the car performance.

“What’s the easiest thing to do is to complain from a safety point of view – but each team has a choice.”

According to Toto Wolff, Fernando Alonso was also the only driver on the grid to not agree that porpoising was a problem when drivers met to discuss the issue. Slightly controversial Fernando! 

When he spoke to media including The Race after Saturday’s qualifying session, Alonso called the porpoising “the worst of the last 20 years” but also said “I think it’s a combination also on this track, it has been very bumpy on the straight also with the old cars, so this year it’s exaggerated.”

He added: “Jeddah was very smooth, and Australia, and no one was complaining. It’s going to be very difficult to agree for all the teams [to make changes].”

Either way, I think it’s safe to say that this year’s cars aren’t going to win any awards for comfort! Do you think porpoising has to be fixed? 

8 thoughts on “F1 Drivers Want Change to Stop ‘Painful’ Porpoising…But Not Everyone Agrees

    • came here to say this, Mercedes can stop it but they dont want to be any slower they’d rather sacrifice their drivers’ health

  • Ah another ridiculous Cambridge gem. No mention of Norris saying he is just fine with it and Mercedes can fix their problem but clearly don’t want to.

  • For ones Horner is right. It’s not his fault Mercedes dropped the ball with their car this year

  • Johan Breytenbach says:

    Remind me again….since when has F1 been about comfort and cry babies getting their rattles back? Put Hamilton in a 1990`s Tyrrel or a 1980`s car without power steering…..im sorry…Vettel and Alonso are the last breed of drivers with nuts the size of Hamiltons jewelry collection…..

  • Horner has a point here. Even though the RB18 has some noticable porpoising it’s not near as bad as Mercedes and Ferrari.

    With Mercedes spending most of their budget to get a handle on this issue, it’s no wonder Toto wants to have the FIA intervene in the name of safety.

  • Phillip Watters says:

    Red Bull obviously did a much better job designing their car. Mercedes has clearly not done the same. So instead of the FIA forcing change on everybody, Mercedes should just raise the suspension for bumpier tracks and work on getting their overall performance to the same level as the Red Bulls.

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