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FIA released technical directive regarding porpoising

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 12: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 leads Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Ferrari F1-75 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 12, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

The FIA have issued a technical directive aimed at dealing with the safety issues caused by porpoising.

Porpoising was a concern during the Azerbaijan GP. Lewis Hamilton suffered back pain because of it as well as other drivers were worried about it.

Drivers asked the FIA to work on the solution to the issue in Baku. Several days later, the federation published a technical directive. Its goal is to combat porpoising and ensure safety.

According to the directive, the FIA intends to conduct “closer scrutiny of the planks and skids, both in terms of their design and the observed wear” as well as “the definition of a metric, based on the car’s vertical acceleration, that will give a quantitative limit for acceptable level of vertical oscillations.”

Furthermore, the FIA will have a meeting with F1 teams to find ways of reducing the possibility of porpoising.

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