Team managers to drivers: These are F1 cars, not Rolls-Royce.  You can stay at home!

Team managers to drivers: These are F1 cars, not Rolls-Royce. You can stay at home!

  • The FIA ​​responded with concern for the health of the drivers: “at 30 we will walk with a cane” – says one of them.
  • The issue of security has a second place, sporting and political. Is Mercedes trying to drag their powerful rivals down to their level?
  • Bosses from other teams criticize the FIA ​​and do not support the drivers: “These are Formula 1 cars, not Rolls-Royce. The drivers should be aware of this.”
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The new generation of cars needs tuning so that the floor is as close to the ground as possible and the suspension is as stiff as possible. This causes the machine to hit the ground very often and with force, and to make matters worse, it sometimes falls into violent vertical oscillations. From the beginning of riding them, many riders complained of headaches, neck pain and lower back pain.

The easiest way to solve the problem is to increase the ground clearance and adjust the suspension gently, but that means a reduction in cornering performance due to lower downforce. Some teams, led by Red Bull, coped with this problem better (they can go down without too much shaking in the cockpit). Ferrari shoots more, but at least it’s very fast, while Mercedes has a bigger problem with it, which it can’t really deal with.

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In all this, Mercedes is still very slow. Their innovative concept for building a next-generation car has proven to be a mistake. It is therefore in the interests of the championship team to make the FIA ​​amend the technical regulations so that all teams increase the clearance of their cars, leaving the most profitable part of Mercedes. The struggle of the drivers to find comfort and – in the long run – health has a secondary, political and sporting role.

Mercedes drivers, led by Lewis Hamilton, complain more about the inconvenience. – Nowadays, I have more bruises after races. I get better over the week. I don’t think it has anything to do with my age. When you have a 10Gm overload, when it hits you in the goal – as I experienced in the last race – it puts a lot of stress on the lower back and upper neck.

When it comes to minor concussions, of course in recent months I had more headaches, but I didn’t go to a specialist about it. I don’t take it too seriously. I take painkillers. However, I cannot clearly explain how important health is to us. We have an amazing sport, but the most important thing is safety – emphasized the former seven-time world champion.

Interestingly, Carlos Sainz was the first to talk about the problem with the drivers … which cannot go hand in hand with the interests of his team, and even more so with his partner from Ferrari – Charles Leclerc, who is fighting for the world championship and insists that he is not bothered by shocks in the cockpit.

It is known that one of the main advantages of Monakijan over the Spaniard is the better control of an unstable car when breaking and entering corners, that is, when the machine hits the ground hard. – We kindly asked the FIA ​​to investigate the matter. He didn’t listen to our bands that much, more to us. We get to a point where we stop dealing with it, said Sainz.

The cockpit displays were clearly described by Pierre Gasly from the Alpha Tauri team: – We really have no suspension. It is that all pulses go through your spine. The team asks me to agree to fix the car and sacrifice my health to get more speed. I will always do this because I am the driver and I will always choose the fastest car configuration. However, I believe that the FIA ​​should not put us down when we have to choose between health and performance. Otherwise, in our thirties, we will end up with a stick,’ said the French driver.

His boss, like many others (except the Mercedes boss, of course, in whose interests it is to get all the teams to stick with Mercedes), disagrees. – These are Formula 1 cars, not Rolls-Royce cars. Drivers should be aware of this. If the cars are too hard or difficult for them, maybe they should stay home and sit on the lounge chair and watch the race on TV, said Franz Tost.

– On the one hand, I understand that it is not easy for them. On the other hand, it’s a Formula 1 car! First of all, they should work more on the neck muscles and gluteal muscles. This will certainly help,’ continued the Austrian, who was once a racing driver himself. Ultimately, however, he must also stop when the players’ health is at risk. – The FIA ​​has issued a technical guide that will undoubtedly help to understand how heavy these loads are. Once they do the calculations, maybe we can find a way to reduce the running and driving forces. We still don’t know to what extent it can be controlled, but our team supports the FIA, Women and all the data and we will see what it will lead to – concluded the boss of Alpha Tauri.

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