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Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are set to get their way because the FIA has announced it’s going to introduce measures to stop “porpoising” within the interests of safety. The governing body released an announcement on Thursday insisting it’s going to attempt to halt the bouncing that Hamilton and team-mate George Russell have experienced of their automobile this season. 

Latest regulations introduced ahead of this season have led to the brand new generation of cars suffering an aerodynamic issue that causes bouncing – called “porpoising”. Mercedes aces Hamilton and Russell have led complaints concerning the issue, especially following last week’s Baku Grand Prix. 

But other drivers have complained, too, and the FIA is about to introduce changes. It’s going to also hold further meetings with teams. 

In a lengthy statement, the FIA said: “Following the eighth round of this 12 months’s FIA Formula One World Championship, during which the phenomenon of aerodynamic oscillations (“porpoising”) of the brand new generation of Formula 1 cars, and the effect of this during and after the race on the physical condition of the drivers was once more visible, the FIA, because the governing body of the game, has decided that, within the interests of the security, it’s crucial to intervene to require that the teams make the crucial adjustments to cut back or to eliminate this phenomenon.”

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It went on so as to add that it’s going to provide “Closer scrutiny of the planks and skids, each when it comes to their design and the observed wear”, and look into “The definition of a metric, based on the automobile’s vertical acceleration, that may give a quantitative limit for acceptable level of vertical oscillations. The precise mathematical formula for this metric remains to be being analysed by the FIA, and the Formula 1 teams have been invited to contribute to this process.”

The FIA has also promised a gathering with teams to conclude what they’ll do to stop the issue within the “medium term”. The statement added: “The FIA has decided to intervene following consultation with its doctors within the interests of safety of the drivers. 

“In a sport where the competitors are routinely driving at speeds in excess of 300km/h, it is taken into account that each one of a driver’s concentration must be focused on that task and that excessive fatigue or pain experienced by a driver could have significant consequences should it end in a lack of concentration.  

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“As well as, the FIA has concerns in relation to the immediate physical impact on the health of the drivers, quite a few whom have reported back pain following recent events.”

Nevertheless, wide-ranging changes will likely face opposition from teams who haven’t suffered from the identical problems. Red Bull lead the drivers’ and constructors’ world championship following Max Verstappen’s excellent start, and team principal Christian Horner doesn’t feel that teams who’ve managed to manage must be punished. 

Horner said following last weekend’s Baku Grand Prix: “It could seem unfair to penalise the [teams] who’ve done an honest job versus those who’ve perhaps missed the goal barely.”

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