Franz Tost Says F1 Drivers Ought to Stop If They Cannot Deal with Ache

  • F1 has a “porpoising” downside, whereby automobiles begin bouncing once they attain excessive speeds.
  • The issue has develop into a security challenge as drivers are struggling injured backs.
  • AlphaTauri group principal Franz Tost says these drivers ought to go residence if they cannot deal with F1 automobiles.

Formulation One has a bouncing downside that’s inflicting again ache for the drivers, however not all people is satisfied that it’s a security challenge.

“Porpoising” — the place Formulation One automobiles begin bouncing once they attain their highest speeds — has plagued most groups to various levels this season. Nonetheless, the FIA was pressured to get entangled following the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, when drivers grew to become extra vocal in regards to the accidents to their backs.

Scuderia AlphaTauri group principal Franz Tost was requested in regards to the FIA’s technical directive the place they vowed to gather information and cut back porpoising. Tost stated modifications weren’t wanted as a result of all people knew the brand new automobiles can be uncomfortable. 

“It was clear from the very starting onwards that these [new] automobiles is not going to be straightforward to drive,” Tost stated earlier than the Canadian Grand Prix. “It’s mandatory that the automobiles are arrange fairly stiff … Now, the drivers complain about it. On one hand, I can perceive; it is not really easy for them. However, this can be a Formulation One automobile. And I bear in mind again when the wing automobiles have been on the market, there was a driver coming to me on Sunday night and stated, ‘Tomorrow, I’ve to go to the dentist as a result of I lose my feeling as a result of the automobiles are so laborious to drive.’ And it is not nothing new.”

Tost went on to counsel that if the automobiles are too uncomfortable for the drivers, possibly they should not be in F1 in any respect.

“The drivers should do extra coaching for the neck muscular tissues and for the gluteus maximus, then this helps, for certain,” Tost stated, later including: “How a lot [the porpoising] might be managed, I do not know but … However this can be a Formulation One automobile. This isn’t a Rolls Royce. And drivers ought to pay attention to this. And if the automobiles are too stiff, or it is too troublesome for them, possibly they need to keep at residence, in the lounge, sit within the chair, after which they will do the races on TV or wherever. I do not know.”

The FIA was pressured to intervene when drivers began getting harm

The porpoising issues reached a brand new degree on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the place the road circuit is already bumpy and usually sees among the highest speeds of the yr on the longest straight in F1 this season. A number of complained about harm backs, and Lewis Hamilton was seen struggling to get out of his automobile, resulting in some concern that he is perhaps pressured to overlook the following race in Montreal.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton struggles to get out of his automobile after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Bryn Lennon – Formulation 1/Formulation 1 through Getty Pictures


Although he didn’t miss the Canadian GP, Hamilton spoke about how unhealthy the Azerbaijan GP was on his again.

“That was the worst race ever,” Hamilton stated. “In all probability essentially the most painful race I’ve skilled and the hardest battle with the automobile I’ve ever skilled as effectively. I am glad it is over.”

At this level, the FIA is amassing and analyzing information, and it isn’t clear but how they are going to implement modifications in the midst of the season.

One choice is to pressure groups like Mercedes to boost the peak of the automobiles, which would cut back the bouncing but additionally cut back their velocity. Nonetheless, different groups which have already solved the porpoising downside are fearful that the FIA will pressure modifications on all people, which could possibly be extra advantageous to the drivers who’re nonetheless scuffling with it.

Christian Horner, the group principal for AlphaTauri’s sister group Purple Bull, has been vocal about wanting different groups like Mercedes to should make changes.

“You may have a selection the place you run your automobile, do not you?” Horner stated earlier than the race in Baku. “It’s best to by no means run a automobile that is unsafe … So it might appear unfair to penalize those which have carried out a good job versus those which have maybe missed the goal barely.”

Tost clearly agrees with Horner that they shouldn’t be pressured to vary. 

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