Daniel Ricciardo compared the experience of the serious bouncing effect seen in many of the 2022 F1 cars to bouncing by basketball.
On his way to scoring his first point since the Australian Grand Prix, Ricciardo said that his McLaren began to suffer from bouncing – called porpoising – as long as the race went on, despite driving one of the few chassis, it was more resistant to impact.
“Of course the wind or something has changed, but it’s gotten worse and worse,” he said.
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“I now sympathize with everyone who has it because it’s bad. As much as I feel really upset, I will definitely help when people talk about it.”
“I think you know in pro basketball when the players really bounce the ball less? I thought someone was doing it in my helmet.”
Porpozing occurs due to repeated blockage of airflow under the vehicle. As the speed of the vehicle increases, the aerodynamics on the floor of the vehicle continue to suck it on the ground, until it finally stalls. This releases the suction and the excitation of the car’s suspension pulls it upwards.
When the gap between the car floor and the ground is large enough, the air reconnects, which sucks the car down again, and the process is repeated.
Some teams are recording up to five times the vertical force of the driver’s body weight. If the car hits the ground, most of this energy is absorbed by the driver.
The high-speed nature of the Baku circuit, which hosted the Azerbaijan Grand Prix over the weekend, meant that the problem was more prominent than ever.
Although most teams have struggled with incidents at different times of the year, Mercedes has undoubtedly suffered the most.
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton made several radio calls throughout Sunday’s race and complained that he was in pain. At one point, he even asked his team if there was any reason for his seat to “suddenly go cold”, prompting fans on social media to question whether he had suffered a spinal cord injury.
Hamilton Ginger was getting out of the car, and a member of the Mercedes team had to assist. Team boss Toto Wolf described the post-car race as a “shitbox.”
Hamilton’s teammate George Russell, president of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, was among the most vocal about Porpozing’s potential health problems.
Ricciardo said he agreed that continuing to push drivers through pain was “not sustainable.”
“I’m really shaking. It’s definitely not good,” he said.
“Hopefully we can figure it out. When I say it’s not good, it’s not good for our general health and well-being. It’s not normal, like we get high-frequency loads. Feeling we have ‘Run out of gas’ emotionally. “
In another interview with F1’s own post-race show, Ricciardo said he thinks he was in a fight.
“I’ve always wanted to be a fighter – I feel like I’ve got a few injuries,” he said.
Teams at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal this weekend will once again seek to reduce the impact of prolonged perforation.
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