In what could be contemplated as a fresh breath of air for many F1 Team engineers who had been struggling to grapple with an awkward bounciness in many Formula One cars, F1 governing body had decided to install measures which in effect would rub out a dangerous scale of bounciness in F1 cars at higher speeds.
In point of fact, latest move from FIA came against the backdrop of a flurry of concerns raised from a raft of F1 drivers including the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. Besides, there were severe concerns about Hamilton’s health following Baku GP, as he finishes the race with severe back pain after having been violently rattled over more than an hour and half in the cockpit.
Hamilton said he had never experienced such bounciness in his career. On top of that, Hamilton’s teammate Russel was quoted saying after Baku GP that a major accident could take place, if such kind of bounciness remains unattended.
Only Mercedes’ drivers are not facing off extreme bounciness this year, as Ricciardo also had expressed concerns. Nonetheless, on the flipside of the coin, Red Bull’s Horner told earlier in the week that Mercedes F1 Team had been trying to yield a change in rules by overplaying the bounciness issue.
However, if truth is to be spoken, it was highly unlikely that FIA would have listened to other low-budget teams, when Ferrari and Red Bull engineers have somehow managed to control their cars’ aerodynamics without compromising speeds.
FIA decides to attend bounciness issue
Ahead of this weekend’s Canadian GP, which would feature a number of ups and downs in the track in comparison to Baku or Monaco, FIA has issued a technical legislation saying that the governing body would take a closer look at the planks as well as skids.
In tandem, F1 Governing body also has implemented a formula that would calculate the acceptable level of bounciness. In a statement issued late on Thursday, FIA said, “In a sport where the competitors are routinely driving at speeds in excess of 300km/h, it is considered that all of a driver's concentration needs to be focused on that task and that excessive fatigue or pain experienced by a driver could have significant consequences should it result in a loss of concentration.
In addition, the FIA has concerns in relation to the immediate physical impact on the health of the drivers, a number of whom have reported back pain following recent events”.