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F1 | Canadian GP | Allison: Imposing a bouncing metric is a "tricky way forwards"

Porpoising has become a huge talking point in 2022 as Mercedes James Allison believes an FIA imposed metric isn't the right way to go about it.

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F1 | Canadian GP | Allison: Imposing a bouncing metric is a "tricky way forwards"
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Mercedes chief technical officer James Allison is embracing the FIA intervening to help stop porpoising but warns imposing a metric isn’t the best way to achieve it.

Bouncing has plagued Formula 1’s newest generation of cars causing multiple drivers serious back pain including seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo among others.

A fiery team principals’ meeting occurred in Montreal when Mercedes boss Toto Wolff branded fellow bosses “pitiful” and “disingenuous” with no consensus being reached.

Allison said to Sky Sports: “I have to say the general approach of saying we’re going to come up with a metric and if you don’t fall the right side of that metric we will impose upon you certain changes that’s a tricky way forwards.”

“I think it’s welcome that the FIA are recognising that it’s not a happy situation where lap time and drivers health are in very sharp conflict with each other.

“And I think at a very minimum if that were the way forward then the metric that is derived would have to be very transparently communicated the data on which it’s based very transparently available and everyone’s metric live continuously and viewable by everyone.

“And I think as a sport it’s really helpful if that’s recognised and we try to tip toe our way out of the corner that the sports wedged itself into at the moment and certainly we’re very keen on working constructively with them as will everyone else in the pit lane be.

“That would have to be all very much out in the open and I think a problematic way forward but to think the general direction of travel of saying this is a problem we need to fix it as a sport [it’s] extremely sensible and generally speaking the sport does fix it’s own problems in fairly short order.”

The Briton also explained that the wind tunnel wasn’t ultra-effective in learning how to deal with porpoising: “it’s certainly true that for the type of very violent oscillations that our car and other cars have suffered the rules are actually fairly restricted there.

“Your only allowed to move in the wind tunnel at 30mm per second which is way way less then they’re seeing on the track so the wind tunnel wouldn’t be a helpful environment for either anticipating nor fixing this.”

The prominent emphasis on ground effect has forced the teams to run their cars extremely close to the track for maximum performance which is a stark contrast to 2021.

Allison explained the huge differences between cars due to the rule change which has impacted performance: “Even in the low rake Mercedes it was still way off the ground compared with every single car in the pit lane here." 

“This is a formula where the downforce is found where the car is down on the deck and that’s a fairly tricky corner to work in because you want the downforce but you don’t want to smash into the ground.”

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