Valtteri Bottas: Alfa Romeo driver says ‘porpoising’ is ‘getting quite serious’

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Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas has warned ‘porpoising’ in System 1 is “getting fairly critical” and believes it may trigger accidents to drivers.

New designs to the vehicles for 2022 trigger bouncing as they journey down straights.

Lewis Hamilton mentioned after Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix he was “fearful” in regards to the Canadian Grand Prix due to again ache from his automotive bouncing, however confirmed on Monday he would race.

“I’ve seen how sore among the drivers are after the race,” mentioned Bottas.

“A number of the sure speeds and corners… the vehicles are much less beneath management due to it.

“It’s positively a subject and it is getting fairly critical.”

Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell – who changed Bottas at Mercedes this season – mentioned within the build-up to the race in Azerbaijan that security was changing into a priority over the bouncing of the vehicles.

Bottas informed BBC Sport: “[I’m] unsure how sustainable that’s sooner or later and we begin to really see accidents of drivers simply by driving the vehicles – that is not the way it must be.

“We, as drivers, spoke with FIA on the final race and made the purpose fairly clear that we want to search for any choices sooner or later how we are able to enhance it.”

‘Porpoising’ is attributable to the ground of the automotive being sucked so near the bottom at pace that downforce is briefly misplaced till the automotive’s journey top will increase, earlier than pulling it again down once more.

The ‘ground-effect’ design philosophy was re-introduced to advertise nearer racing for the brand new season, about 40 years after it existed within the sport.

All groups have expertise some type of bouncing, however none extra so than Mercedes, who’ve fallen from pacesetters final season to the higher finish of the midfield.

“I do not assume I’ve ever felt it within the worst manner than some groups or drivers are experiencing it,” mentioned Bottas.

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