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Max Verstappen says FIA bouncing intervention is ‘not correct’

Max Verstappen says FIA bouncing intervention is 'not correct'

MONTREAL, Canada — Reigning world champion Max Verstappen disagrees that Formula 1 rules will be changed mid-season to prevent cars from bouncing violently at high speeds.

The FIA ​​this week said it vowed to reduce or eliminate bouncing F1 cars this year amid concerns over the health of its drivers, now paying more attention to the shelves of cars and using a measuring tool designed to an acceptable level of auto-oscillation.

TV cameras showed Lewis Hamilton struggling to get out of his Mercedes car after bouncing around in his cockpit for the entire Baku race as he drove over Baku’s long straight back.

While it remains unclear whether the FIA’s intervention will help or hinder teams with bouncing cars, Verstappen is not happy with the ruling body’s intervention at the moment.

“For me, whether it’s going to help or hinder us, mid-year rule changes I don’t think it’s correct,” he said.

“I understand the safety part of it, but I think if you talk to every engineer in the paddock when you lift your car, you’ll have fewer problems anyway.

“You’re going to try to find the limit of what your body can handle for performance, but I don’t think it’s right for them right now to step in and apply these rules.

“It’s very simple, just go up to ride height and you won’t have these problems. It’s actually a bit complicated and I also think it will be very difficult to control.”

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate George Russell suggested that Red Bull and Ferrari want to protect their championship lead.

“Obviously there’s a lot of mixed agendas here from different teams and drivers, we’ve heard from Carlos [Sainz]Checo [Perez] and Max earlier in the season how bad it was but now that their performance is strong they don’t want changes because it can only hinder them,” said Russell.

“So it’s a bit of a shame to see performance taking precedence over safety.”

Hamilton underwent acupuncture and cryotherapy this week to recover in time for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

He revealed on Instagram that he only managed to go for a run on Thursday night, showing how his back pain had lingered after the race in Baku.

“I can definitely feel I’m a little shorter this week,” Hamilton said at the same press conference.

“My drives are definitely not in the best shape right now and that’s not good for longevity.”

Hamilton, sitting next to Verstappen, suggested that some people in Formula 1 say one thing about the matter in public and the other behind closed doors when the subject comes up.

“It’s always interesting to see people’s perspectives and opinions in different lights. For you it’s clearly one thing and in the background sometimes people say different things,” he said, although it was unclear whether it was a reference to Verstappen. wax or something else. individual in particular.

He’s also not sure if the changes will do much to the competitive order.

“In the end, safety is the most important thing and I think at least one driver in every team has talked about it. I don’t think it will change a lot, but I think there is a lot of work to be done.

“It’s positive that the FIA ​​is working to improve it because we have this concern for years to come – it’s not about dealing with the bounce for years to come, it’s about getting rid of it completely and so that future drivers, all of us, have no back problems to move forward.”

Fellow multiple world champion Sebastian Vettel welcomed the FIA ​​intervention.

“Our drivers will be injured in the short term or for the rest of our lives with something that can be avoided,” he said.

“Looking to the future, it can’t take another four or five years. It’s good that the FIA ​​is looking at it and putting safety above performance.”

F1’s season continues with the Canadian Grand Prix on June 19.