If you can’t design the car well, that’s your fault

If you can't design the car well, that's your fault

Max Verstappen is unimpressed that the FIA ​​made a rule change midway through the season, saying: “If you can’t design the car well for that, then that’s your fault”.

With all-new cars on this year’s starting grid, many of the teams – Mercedes in particular – have discovered what is an entirely new problem for them, harbor porpoises.

A consequence of the aerodynamics of the ground effect, the cars bounce up and down, which is an uncomfortable experience at best and very painful at worst.

The drivers are increasingly complaining about the latter, with Lewis Hamilton having to get out of his car after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Concerned about the long-term effects on drivers’ health, the FIA ​​has issued a technical guideline with safety in mind on the eve of the Canadian GP.

Reigning world champion Verstappen thinks that is “a pity”.

“I think it’s a little disappointing that there’s another rule change halfway through the season, I’d say,” Verstappen said RACER

“It’s not even about it affecting us more or less than other teams, but it shouldn’t be about one team complaining a lot and then suddenly the regulations around it change.

“I think there are a lot of teams that have really done a great job of not having this kind of problem, so it’s possible to drive around it.

“If you raise your car, you don’t have these problems, but you lose performance. But if you can’t design the car well for that, then that’s your fault, it’s not the regs’ fault.

“For me, that’s a bit of a shame.”

However, the TD is likely to negatively impact the team’s suffering from harbor porpoises, as unless their level of vertical vibration is deemed “safe”, they will have to raise the cars’ ride height by 10 millimeters.

Verstappen still believes that a rule is a rule and that it should not be changed.

“Of course every track is different,” said the Red Bull driver, “but I think it’s a bit of a shame to change it halfway through the season and it’s clear that teams have shown that you can drive normally, or at least with far fewer problems than some other teams.”

But while the Dutchman isn’t happy, Kevin Magnussen, a driver who revealed earlier this year that he was in pain from bouncing his car, is.

He applauded the FIA’s “mature” decision, he told The race: That’s kind of why they’re there, it’s part of their job to intervene because we can’t leave it to the teams.

“Teams are always going to do what’s best for them, which is natural, and everyone should expect everyone to do that. That’s how it is.

“So that’s why the FIA ​​is there to step in as an adult and make sure everything is right.”

Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri added: “I am pleased that they are taking it seriously and are trying to take action as soon as possible.

“It is a real concern for all of us drivers. At the end of the day, we’re the ones in the car dealing with all this jolting and aches and pains and stiffness it’s causing in our backs.

“I’m just glad they got the message and responded quickly with some action.”

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