All the drivers, including Charles Leclerc, have been a victim of porposing. But Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have struggled on another level to deal with it. The seven time world champion was in a world of pain after the Azerbaijan GP as he was seen limping off back into the pits. Lewis Hamilton was recorded holding his back while sitting on the halo of the car before he was able to get out of the W-13.
This had left the paddock divided with some of the teams asking FIA to intervene to raise the ride height whereas teams like Red Bull feel that the topic is used as a medium to undo all the work done by the teams which have bee able to get on top of all the struggles. Charles Leclerc also feels that with the same resources available to all the teams, we shouldn’t make exceptions for any team in the middle of the season.
Ferrari is one of the very few teams which has seemed to had some answers on the track. It’s evident that there’s definitely some bouncing on the street circuits but the F1-75 settles beautifully going into the corner and we saw that in Baku too. Had it not been for their reliability concerns, Charles Leclerc would have been in the fight with the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez to win the Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc reckons that Ferrari’s hard work done has amounted to nothing after FIA’s technical directive related to porpoising
Charles Leclerc has expressed his annoyance at the technical directive issued by the FIA before the Canadian GP. The Monegasque driver said, “On the one hand, I obviously understand George’s point because when you see him and Lewis get out of their car after Baku, it’s very bad.”
“But on the other hand also, you cannot underestimate the amount of work that’s been done in the last few months by teams to actually get on top of those issues. This has been our main priority since the first time we tried these cars.“
“We’ve been working to get on top of those issues. I think the improvement has been massive and now all of the work we’ve done, [do we] just put it in the bin because obviously there’s maybe one team that is struggling more than others?” quoted planetf1.
Charles Leclerc raises a valid point when he says that a team is forcing FIA’s hand to make amendments to the rule set at the start of the season. This is something the governing body might want to look into.