“The Rules Change Because of Them”: Max Verstappen Shakes Head at Latest FIA Reform Amid Mercedes F1 Complaints

Published 06/17/2022, 2:50 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 27, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The porpoising issue has been a major talking point across the paddock and the fans alike. Drivers have voiced their opinion on how this issue could affect their safety. As a result, the FIA have taken immediate action, but Max Verstappen revealed his dissatisfaction at the FIA’s decision.

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Following Hamilton’s physical struggles because of the bouncing, several drivers opened up on this problem. So, the FIA issued a statement relating to the concerns of the drivers. The short-term solution includes the changes to the planks and skids on the floor of the car.

While some teams are struggling to find the balance between performance and porpoising, Red Bull has experienced minimum bouncing effect. Speaking on the re-evaluation of the regulations, Verstappen said, “It doesn’t matter if it favors us or not, I don’t know yet. What I think is that once again it’s a bit disappointing that there is, once again, a change of rule at mid-season, I would say. “

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“It’s not about affecting us more or less than other teams, but you don’t have to make a team complain a lot and suddenly the rules change because of them.” (Translated using Google translate)

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Lando Norris earlier mentioned teams can raise the height of the car to reduce the porpoising effect. Verstappen also shares the opinion of the McLaren driver.

“If you raise the ride height of your F1, you won’t have these problems, but you will lose performance. But if you can’t design the car properly for that, it’s your fault, it’s not the fault of the rules. For me, it’s a bit of a shame,” he added.

Can Max Verstappen extend his lead in the championship?

After a frustrating start to the 2022 season, Verstappen is right back in form as he secured his 5th win of the season in Azerbaijan. Red Bull, of course, capitalized on Ferrari’s misfortune, but this result puts the Dutchman 21 points clear at the top.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The Milton-Keynes outfit is one team that has little to no porpoising. And after addressing their reliability issues, the Bulls have secured impressive results. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada is similar to Baku with high-speed long-straights, so Verstappen and Co will look to continue their momentum.

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However, Ferrari have improved their race-pace following their upgrades despite suffering from reliability. After a disappointing week, they will look to bounce back in Montreal.

The odds are lined up in favor of Red Bull and Verstappen. Can he win his 6th race of the season in Canada? Leave your predictions in the comments.

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Rahul Madhavan

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Rahul Madhavan is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor's degree in business administration, he is pursuing his love for sports in the form of writing. Rahul is an avid McLaren fan, who also enjoys writing about soccer.

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