“Hang Out on the Couch at Home”: F1 Boss Lashes Out at Lewis Hamilton & Co Amid Porpoising Concerns

Published 06/19/2022, 6:14 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 10, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference REUTERS/Murad Sezer

The new F1 2022 regulatory changes promised a lot of positive things for the sport. Easier overtaking, less downforce loss, and more competitiveness among the teams were the key factors. However, none of these factors are being talked about as much as the porpoising.

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The bouncing issue has taken center stage since the start of the season. There are significant performance repercussions, along with discomfort for most drivers on the grid. Especially after the race in Baku, drivers spoke out about the discomfort caused by the bouncing.

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Lewis Hamilton was at the forefront of the complaints with his back causing him significant pain. However, the Aston Martin and Alpine team principals have spoken out in Montreal about what they think about the situation.

Mike Krack, the new team principal of Aston Martin, laid out some harsh thoughts on the complaints. “On the one hand, I can understand why the driver is complaining about it,” said Krack and added, “On the other hand, they are dealing with a Formula 1 car. If the cars are too stiff, maybe they should hang out on the couch at home.” (Translated by Google)

The Luxembourger believes the drivers should’ve expected it to be difficult when the new regulations were announced. The cars sit closer to the ground and that makes them perform better, which is the priority. But the same phenomenon makes the driving experience difficult. The cars are too stiff and difficult to drive while trying to extract the best performance.

F1 bosses split over the porpoising issue

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The grid is split over the porpoising problem, as it is an issue for most teams, but not all. The new technical directives have dissatisfied Otmar Szafnauer, who said, “We all have the same limitations, and we tend to drive at a ride height that gives us the performance, but doesn’t hurt our drivers. Other teams can do that too.”

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin F1 Team talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Both bosses feel all teams were aware of the effects of the lowered height. Additionally, the bouncing issue is not affecting all teams.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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