F1 GP Canada, Verstappen against Hamilton on the anti-hopping directive

Porpoising divides F1 drivers. Max: “It is not right to change the rules during the current season. The teams have to adapt and think about solutions for 2023”. Lewis: “Safety comes first. In Azerbaijan I took a hit on a 10 G hole, it’s not good for my health …”. Leclerc: “My Ferrari has no problems”

The new FIA directive to limit the phenomenon of single-seater hopping 2022 divides the drivers. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, the great rivals of the last World Championship, have also taken opposite paths on this issue. The Mercedes driver speaks from personal experience: the jolts of the W13 at high speed are insane and Lewis came out of the Azerbaijani race with his back to pieces, so much so that his participation in Sunday’s GP in Canada was even at risk. Obviously, the English champion welcomed the Federation’s initiative to address and solve the problem. On the contrary, Verstappen finds it unfair to intervene during the current season, with the risk of altering the balance of the championship.

max blow …

The confrontation between the two at the press conference in Montreal was crackling. “I don’t think it’s fair to change the rules during the championship – said Verstappen -. I understand the reasons for safety, but I think every engineer in the paddock agrees with me. All the cars are jumping too much because they are designed to have the best. load traveling very close to the ground. But you have to be able to adapt to the situation. In Formula 1 there are intelligent people who will be able to find solutions going forward in the season or in 2023 “.

reply lewis …

But Hamilton immediately retorted: “It is curious to note how things look differently depending on whether you are in front or behind … However, safety must come first. These are the machines that we will have for the next few years and you do not realize how important health is. I am experiencing it on my shoulders: I am not in good physical condition after the last race, and I fear the repercussions in the long term. Now, it takes a week to recover after a GP , since you take so many hits on the body. When the machine gives you a vertical acceleration of 10 G while jumping over a hole, as happened to me in Baku, it is a hard blow to both the back and the neck. work together to solve the problem “. In fact 10 G is more than an air force top gun can handle in the most extreme evolutions on a military jet …

leclerc: ferrari ok

The question would be easy to resolve, if it did not also have possible repercussions on the performance of the cars. It is obvious that Verstappen, leader of the World Cup, is worried about this aspect. While declaring: “I don’t care if the new directive is better or worse for us at Red Bull. It’s a matter of principle”. Team mate Sergio Perez, going against the tide, expressed himself in favor of the FIA’s decision. While Charles Leclerc invited the prudence: “We have to be cautious and take the data of more teams, because the situation is different from team to team. It was bad to see Lewis going out suffering in Baku, but as far as my car is concerned, it was bad. there are the same problems … “. Yet it is not that Ferrari has been spared from so-called “porpoising”. So much so that Carlos Sainz was among those who complained about jolts and health risks. The new directive aims to set a maximum limit to vertical oscillations, beyond which the teams will have to adapt, raising the height of the cars from the ground to avoid hopping, to the detriment of performance (Mercedes is the main suspect). Isn’t it that the red will be more penalized than Red Bull?

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