Horner: Unfair to change F1 rules over porpoising complaints – Motorsport.com

The return of ground effect with F1’s new generation of cars for 2022 has resulted in a porpoising phenomenon which has impacted some teams worse than others.
The issue hit a new peak over the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend as drivers struggled with their cars bouncing along the street circuit surface, particularly at the end of the long start/finish straight.
Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have been vocal about the safety concerns, while AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly felt the FIA needed to find a solution to “save us from ending up with a cane at 30 years old”.
Red Bull has encountered far less porpoising with its car than many of the other teams. Max Verstappen led home teammate Sergio Perez for a 1-2 finish in Baku, extending Red Bull’s advantage at the top of both championships.
It is the first time that Red Bull’s drivers have sat first and second in the drivers’ standings since 2011, while its advantage in the constructors’ championship now stands at 80 points.
Discussing the call from drivers to adjust the rules to eradicate porpoising, Red Bull F1 boss Horner pointed out that teams “can always stick a thicker plank on the car if they wanted” and that the “easiest thing is obviously to raise the car”.
“You have a choice where you run your car, don’t you?” Horner said. “You should never run a car that’s unsafe. But I think that’s more for the technical guys. Because certain cars have issues. And there are some cars that have very few issues.
“So it would seem unfair to penalise the ones that have done a decent job, versus the ones that have perhaps missed the target slightly.”
Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing
Photo by: Red Bull Content Pool
Horner added that the FIA should only intervene if it was “a genuine safety concern across the whole grid”.
“But if it’s only affecting isolated people or teams, then that’s something that that team should potentially deal with,” he said.
It emerged over the Azerbaijan race weekend that teams rejected a proposal last year to raise the minimum ride height of the cars under the new regulations. 
But the growing call from drivers with concerns about their safety has led to the matter returning to the spotlight ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Asked how he would deal with his drivers if Red Bull was struggling with porpoising, Horner said he would “tell them to bitch as much as they could over the radio”, calling it “part of the game”.
“There are remedies to [porpoising] but it is to the detriment of car performance,” Horner said.
“So what’s the easiest thing to do is to complain. Each team has a choice.”
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022
Gasly: F1 needs to stop drivers “ending up with a cane at 30”
Hamilton wouldn’t miss Canada “for the world” despite back struggles
South Africa in contention for 2023 F1 calendar slot
Why Imola’s step back in time is refreshing for F1’s future
Red Bull: Verstappen/Perez F1 lead swap in Azerbaijan GP not team orders
Perez: “Right call” not to fight Verstappen for Azerbaijan GP lead
How Perez shaded Verstappen in Monaco and earned new F1 contract
Hamilton wouldn’t miss Canada “for the world” despite back struggles
South Africa in contention for 2023 F1 calendar slot
No “holy cows” on Mercedes F1 car as it ponders 2023 concept revamp
Ferrari prefers fast unreliable F1 car rather than other way around
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022
Formula 1 has never had a repeat winner at Baku, and that trend continued this year as Max Verstappen avenged his 2021 tyre blowout to lead a Red Bull 1-2. Here’s Motorsport.com’s take on the weekend’s best performers
How Ferrari‘s latest implosion stitched up a plausible Baku upset
Ferrari wasn’t expected to be capable of challenging Red Bull on the streets of Baku, but Charles Leclerc took pole for the second year in a row and had assumed the lead when his engine expired. That left Max Verstappen and Red Bull doubly grateful as not only were its blushes spared, but it came away with a 1-2 and extended advantages in both championship standings
The concerning human cost of porpoising that F1 overlooked
The stiff, relatively crude suspension of the latest F1 cars is combining with the porpoising problem to create a dangerous scenario for drivers’ health, says Stuart Codling.
Why Leclerc could be only three laps short of a Baku F1 upset
Circuits with high top speeds have generally been Red Bull’s speciality so far this season but in the opening pair of practice sessions at Baku, Ferrari closed out Friday’s running on top with a good straightline speed advantage. But with Red Bull rival Max Verstappen out of sync in his practice runs, Ferrari and Charles Leclerc may not have seen his best.
The key strength Schumacher can rely on as Haas decides his F1 future
Michael Schumacher’s son has served his apprenticeship with a Haas team that brought up the rear of the Formula 1 field in 2021. Now he has a good car and a proper team-mate, he has to prove he belongs in F1. But his record to date, while not showing any points finishes, reveals there is plenty of promise he can build on
How classic Alonso strengths are helping him in a critical F1 phase 
Fernando Alonso has been involved in F1 for over two decades and shows no signs of slowing down. Ben Edwards digs into the work ethic and team-building ability which underpins Alonso’s longevity.
The overlooked flaws of the 2022 F1 cars that Baku will expose
OPINION: Though Formula 1’s return to ground-effect may have boosted overtaking, the other clear by-product of the technical overhaul has been weight gain. With wet conditions in Monaco stealing the show, the greatest shortcomings of the new rules will be on clear display at this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Is F1 barking up the wrong tree with its anti-jewellery stance?
In a new regular column, Maurice Hamilton draws on his decades of grand prix experience to give an alternative take on the news. First up, he ponders the ongoing brouhaha over jewellery…


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

You may also like