Christian Horner Left Perplexed By Lewis Hamilton’s ‘Overreaction’ to Porpoising

Published 06/21/2022, 8:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 19, 2022 Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner during qualifying. Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have complained a lot about porpoising throughout the season. The 7-time world champion experienced some major discomfort at the Azerbaijan GP last weekend and on Friday in Montreal. But he was in a much happier place after his podium finish at the Canadian GP.

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He has been very vocal about his issue with porpoising almost every weekend. But Red Bull team principal Christian Horner took a slight dig at the struggles regarding the porpoising of the Mercedes driver after his P3 finish in Montreal.

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Giving his thoughts on what Hamilton had reported about the Porpoising, Horner said, “The cars will converge over the course of this year can certainly into next year. We’ve just come through probably the 2 worst events for it: bumpy, fast, and long straightened circuits.

And I just don’t think there should be an overreaction to it. You know, there is a bit of lobbying going on in the background, as we all know. But in today’s example, there didn’t look any issues.”

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Hamilton, too, was pretty happy after he secured his second podium of the season on Sunday, without much of the bouncing issues he faced a week before.

Lewis Hamilton preaches a cautious approach for the team going forward

The 7-time world champion mentioned the team should take a more cautious approach heading into more race weekends this season. He emphasized the fact that they can always learn from the weekend and try to improve the car for the next.

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Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 19, 2022, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with a trophy after finishing third in the race REUTERS/Chris Helgren

“We are just trying to progress as a team. Moving forwards, we will be a little more cautious on doing too many experiments as it really does hinder you through the weekend, especially if you only have first and second practice in the dry.”

“There are lots of learnings from this weekend and improvements we can make going forwards, but really great pace today,” said Hamilton.

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It is certainly a very divisive issue with many different opinions scattered throughout the paddock. Maybe Horner is correct in his assessment by mentioning that the two worst circuits for the issue are behind us. But it would be interesting to see from now on if Mercedes can maintain the pace that they showed in Canada throughout the season.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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