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Alpine support porpoising clampdown if it levels teams

Otmar Szafnauer states that Alpine support the FIA’s actions against porpoising as long as they do not give the opponents an advantage.

Porpoising became one of most discussed topics in the paddock in 2022. In order to deal with its effect on the cars, the FIA issued a technical directive ahead of the Canadian GP. It caused ambiguous reaction.

Porpoising does not affect the teams equally. Szafnauer confirmed that it did not make a significant impact on Alpine’s performance in Montreal.

“It’s up to the FIA to help on all safety issues. And I’m sure they’re looking into it. But there’s a process that needs to be followed. And I think they will do that,” the Alpine team principal said.

“I didn’t see a lot of porpoising out there. We asked our drivers on a scale of one to 10, 10 being the worst, where you can’t take the porpoising, and zero or one being none at all.

“And we were at a two today [on Sunday], for example. So that was their opinion. Out of 10 we’re at a two, so I don’t think it was an issue here. But you never know how other tracks might be.

“If the FIA determine that it’s a safety issue, just as long as the playing field remains even and some of the teams don’t use it as a negotiating tactic to gain a competitive advantage, then I’m happy with it.

“So we will never oppose anything on safety grounds. But like I said, for us here, the porpoising was two out of 10. It’s almost nothing.

“If it’s a safety issue, it goes to the TAC [technical advisory committee], then it gets proposed to the World Motor Sport Council and then it gets voted in. But I don’t know what’s going to happen with the porpoising. Hopefully it will be discussed at the TAC.”

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