After the first three races of the season, porpoising is still a problem in Formula 1 for some teams. However, not all cars and drivers suffer equally from visible bounce at high speed.
At Mercedes, for example, they even put sensors in their car during the race, in order to solve their problems with this phenomenon once and for all.
Charles Leclerc also suffered from the phenomenon at the Australian Grand Prix, but it did not affect him too much. “I don’t know why, but I’m not very sensitive to it,” said the Ferrari driver, when asked about the bounce his F1-75 suffers.
“It looks extreme in the pictures from the car. And of course I’m sorry. But it doesn’t bother me too much in terms of performance, just maybe a little bit at Turn 9.
Still, the Melbourne race winner insists “it’s something we definitely want to address because it doesn’t help consistency. Especially when rebounding in a corner it can be an issue. So that’s something to look at.” we have to work.”
In Australia, however, it was not a problem for him, he said. “I couldn’t have gone faster if I hadn’t touched the ground,” explained the Monegasque. “The restart was a bit difficult, because I had it before turn 1 and that means you don’t have as much confidence when braking. But everything went well. But of course, it’s not very comfortable to do 58 laps like that.”
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto also gave his thoughts on this issue: “It’s something we’re working on. We know it’s not fully resolved yet.”
“Maybe already in Imola we will try to mitigate it more if we can. But it is something that we know is not fully resolved yet. It is not a surprise, it is something that is difficult to keep under control.”
In this context, Binotto admits that “there are races or track layouts where we suffer more than others, whatever the reasons. So when we got here, we knew from Friday that it could have been a problem for this weekend as well. week”.