The FIA says it has determined the metric it will use to measure porpoising on Formula 1 cars to enforce its technical directive due to come into effect in this month’s French Grand Prix.issued a technical directive to all 10 teams to address the so-called ‘porpoising’ phenomenon experienced by all teams due to the radical new aerodynamic concepts of the 2022 F1 technical regulations.
At high speeds, the aerodynamic downforce generated by the ground effect floors under this year’s cars has resulted in some of them vertically bouncing along the track at time. Similarly, the stiff suspension settings that are required to maximise the downforce generated has led to some drivers suffering from painful rides over bumps and uneven surfaces, which many have expressed concerns over.
As a result, the FIA announced that it intended to define a metric which would establish a limit on the severity of porpoising. Teams will be compelled to adjust the set-ups on their cars if they are found to not be in compliance with the new parameter.
In a statement released to media including RaceFans, an FIA spokesperson confirmed that the governing body had determined the metric it would use to measure porpoising to its standards outlined in the technical directive.
The FIA said all 10 teams have been made aware of the metric and will be able to analyse their own cars’ behaviour over the upcoming two race weekends in Britain and Austria to prepare themselves for the technical directive becoming enforced for the 12th round of the season, the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard on 22nd-24th July.
The FIA also said the technical directive would also outline new parameters around car plank wear and skid stiffness.
The announcement of the technical directive drew some criticism from Formula 1, with Haas team principal Guenther Steiner suggesting that it could influence the performance levels of the ten teams in a way that was unfair.
However, the FIA insists that the parameters it has outlined will provide a level playing field to all teams regarding the implementation of the new technical directive.
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