Uncomfortable drivers instructed ‘sit on pockets’ again in my day

Damon Hill says again in his day F1 crew bosses didn’t care about spines and concussions, they’d inform drivers to “sit on their wallets” in the event that they wished a snug journey.

This yr’s championship has seen a rising variety of drivers complaining in regards to the porpoising of this yr’s vehicles and voicing considerations about their long-term well being.

Porpoising is a consequence of utilizing floor impact aerodynamics, the automobile bouncing up and down because the aero kicks out and in.

Whereas initially it was Mercedes and Carlos Sainz main the cost, Pierre Gasly, Kevin Magnussen, Mick Schumacher, Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso all added their voices after a bouncy Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Citing considerations for his or her well being if the porpoising continues, the FIA stepped in to announce a brand new technical directive however one which was met with combined opinions although it’s stated to be geared toward defending the drivers.

1996 World Champion Hill instructed Sky F1: “There was a little bit little bit of suggestion that perhaps Mercedes had been complaining as a result of they had been struggling greater than anyone. But it surely does appear that there’s extra noises coming from the drivers and different groups.

“Additionally the FIA who’ve been monitoring the vertical acceleration that these guys are subjected to. In order that signifies that the quantity of upwards and downwards motion and likewise bottoming as a result of the vehicles at the moment are whacking the bottom. So, these these poor drivers.

“I don’t suppose there’s a lot sympathy for racing drivers, they receives a commission nicely for what they do they usually’re having fun with it however the issue is might this have a long-term impact?

“So, equally in rugby and different sports activities, we’ve checked out how the motive force or the athlete can have results later in life, we don’t wish to injure the drivers so the FIA is taking this very significantly after which they are going to instigate additional motions later.

“Lewis has made some feedback to the truth that he might have perhaps crashed in locations like Baku and clearly you all the time mood as a result of the quotes from the drivers…you ponder whether or not they’re over egging the pudding to attempt to make another benefit.

“We will see now that knowledge is recorded on the drives from the cockpit, and the FIA can see whether or not they’re truly telling the reality or not, however the truth of the matter is we don’t know what the perhaps long-term results as to if somebody’s backbone get injured or their neck will get injured or their mind, even.”

It’s a very completely different perspective to yesteryear when the drivers had been instructed by their crew bosses to “sit on their wallets” in the event that they wished to cushion their seats for a extra comfy journey.

“So it’s a little bit of an imponderable in the mean time,” Hill continued, “however definitely after I was racing, no one cared. It wasn’t actually on the agenda.

“They used to say to the drivers once we first introduced in floor impact vehicles, the crew managers used to inform the drivers to sit down on their wallets and that may make it a little bit bit extra comfy. In order that was the that was the perspective again then.”

The FIA will meet with the groups’ technical gurus later this week to strive discover consensus on a means ahead to restrict porpoising.


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