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F1 | Azerbaijan GP | Pierre Gasly talks about porpoising "I'm compromising my health for the performance"

The French driver spoke about the bouncing the drivers experimented on Baku's long straights last weekend.

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F1 | Azerbaijan GP | Pierre Gasly talks about porpoising "I'm compromising my health for the performance"
Fuente imagen: Hasan Bratic - MotorLat

Porpoising showed at its extreme when the 2022 cars raced on Azerbaijan for the 8th round of the championship.

Seven times World Champion Lewis Hamilton was the most affected of the drivers as the Briton struggled to get out of his car at the end of the race because of the pain the bouncing on the W13, saying to Sky Sports: "I was just holding and biting down on my teeth due to the pain, and the adrenaline [helped], I cannot express the pain that you experience, particularly on the straight here,"

"At the end you are just praying for it to end.”

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly spoke, as reported first by motorsport.com, on how Formula 1 needs to find a solution for the porpoising condition before it ends up in a serious health problem for the drivers.

"It's not healthy, that's for sure," Gasly said. "I've had a physio session before and after every session, just because my spinal discs are suffering from it. You have literally no suspension. It just hits going through your spine.”

"The team is asking me, 'OK, we can compromise the set-up?' and I'm compromising my health for the performance. And I'll always do it, because I'm a driver and I always go for the fastest car I can.”

"But I don't think FIA should put us in a corner where you got to deal between health and performance.

"That's the tricky part of it, and clearly not sustainable. So that's what we discussed at the drivers' briefing and kind of alerted them on this problem, and try to ask them to find solutions to save us from ending up with a cane at 30 years old."

Gasly also acknowledged he could see the impact that porpoising was having on the car as the mirrors were "shaking like hell", meaning that visibility got "really poor" during the last race in Baku.

"Also sometimes the car is moving on its own, just because the steering is shaking,"

"At such speed, it's not easy. I don't think they can fix something until the end of the year. But hopefully for next year."

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