Alpine welcomes porpoising crackdown if F1 playing field stays level


The governing body issued a technical directive on the matter ahead of the Canadian GP saying it would use the weekend to gather data ahead of a future crackdown for safety reasons.

However, the exact route the FIA ​​may take to control it remains open to question, and the matter will be discussed at a meeting of technical directors ahead of the British GP.

Alpine didn’t suffer as much from porpoises and rebounds as some rivals, although Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso admitted it was a problem in Baku.

However, like other drivers, they weren’t hit hard in Montreal.

“It’s up to the FIA ​​to help with all safety issues,” Szafnauer said after Sunday’s race. “And I’m sure they’re looking into it. But there’s a process that has to be followed. And I think they will.

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“I haven’t seen many porpoises there. We asked our drivers on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, where you can’t stand the porpoising, and zero or one being none.

“And there were two of us today, for example. So that was their opinion. Out of 10, we’re two, so I don’t think that’s an issue here. But you never know what the other tracks might be.”

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

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Szafnauer said he would accept action from the FIA ​​for safety reasons as long as the other teams did not benefit.

“If the FIA ​​determines that this is a safety issue, as long as the playing field remains level and some teams are not using this as a bargaining tactic to gain a competitive advantage, then I am on board. satisfied.

“So we will never oppose anything for security reasons. But like I said, for us here, porpoising was two out of 10. That’s next to nothing.

“If it’s a matter of safety, it goes to the TAC [technical advisory committee], then it is proposed to the World Motor Sport Council, then it is voted on. But I don’t know what will happen with the porpoising. Hopefully this will be discussed at TAC.”

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Speaking earlier in the Montreal weekend, Szafnauer explained that Alpine had sacrificed performance to control porpoising.

“It’s a problem for us, but we increase the ride height, we lose downforce and bring it to a reasonable place,” he told TSTIME.

“And I’m pretty sure anyone could do it. I don’t know what other people are doing. But I guess they don’t want to give up downforce so they go to a lower ride height causing porpoising. So I think it’s pretty easy.”


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