Why the impact of FIA’s anti-bouncing metric is hard to judge
Faced with drivers complaining about the long-term health effects of car ‘bouncing’, the FIA stepped in to deal with it. JAKE BOXALL-LEGGE explains how the so-called ‘Aerodynamic Oscillation Metric’ works, and asks if it is fit for purpose?
Aside from the aesthetics, the biggest visual difference between the older generation of Formula 1 car and the new-for-2022 concoctions was in their vertical movement. Bouncing and porpoising are nothing new in the world of motorsport as a whole but, having mandated flat undertrays since 1983, Formula 1 had spent the preceding four decades in its own bubble – one where porpoising barely figured.
Its appearance and effects therefore blindsided the teams at pre-season testing, where the cars were oscillating so fiercely that their skid blocks were rattling against the track surface and transmitting the impact shock straight to the drivers’ bodies. The teams simply hadn’t seen it coming: not only had a whole generation of engineers grown up in F1 without experiencing the phenomenon, testing restrictions prevented them foreseeing it. Wind tunnels are currently capped at simulating speeds of 180km/h; Ferrari, to give one concrete example, has confirmed its car only begins to experience porpoising at 250km/h.
He has more starts without a podium than anyone else in Formula 1 world championship history, but Nico Hulkenberg is back for one more shot with Haas. After spending three years on the sidelines, the revitalised German is aiming to prove to his new team what the F1 grid has been missing.
OPINION: Fred Vasseur has spent only a few weeks as team principal for the Ferrari Formula 1 team, but is already intent on taking the Scuderia back to the very top. And despite it being arguably the most demanding job in motorsport, the Frenchman is relishing the challenge
Changes to the regulations for season two of Formula 1's ground-effects era aim to smooth out last year’s troubles and shut down loopholes. But what areas have been targeted, and what impact will this have?
Who are the quickest drivers in Formula 1 history? Luke Smith asked a jury of experienced and international panel of experts and F1 insiders. Some of them have worked closely with F1’s fastest-ever drivers – so who better to vote on our all-time top 50? We’re talking all-out speed here rather than size of trophy cabinet, so the results may surprise you…
OPINION: During what is traditionally a very quiet time of year in the Formula 1 news cycle, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been generating headlines. He’s been commenting on massive topics in a championship that loves them, but also addressing necessary smaller changes too. Here we suggest a further refinement that would be a big boon to fans
While a quick pitstop can make all the difference to the outcome of a Formula 1 race, most team managers say consistency is more important than pure speed. MATT KEW analyses the fastest pitstops from last season to see which ones – if any – made a genuine impact
Modern Formula 1 fans have grown accustomed to a lull in racing during winter in the northern hemisphere. But, as MAURICE HAMILTON explains, there was a time when teams headed south of the equator rather than bunkering down in the factory. And why not? There was fun to be had, money to be made and reputations to forge…
Schumacher: "Humbling" to hear of Mercedes’ interest in 2023 F1 reserve role
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