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New riot between Mercedes and Red Bull in F1? “If you think porpoising is so unsafe, don’t race”

Broken to the wheel, Lewis Hamilton climbed out of his car yesterday after the race in Azerbaijan. He was completely shaken up for an hour and a half. And that because of the porpoising effect, with which his car bounced against the asphalt. “The rules must be adjusted,” the Briton said afterwards. But Red Bull boss Christian Horner does not agree. “This is how you reward the teams that have not done their job well.”

“This was my toughest race ever,” said Hamilton when he finally got out of his Mercedes after the race in Azerbaijan. “I can hardly describe the pain. During the race I was just praying that it would be over soon.”

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Back pain due to porpoising

Hamilton had a lot of problems with the porpoising effect this weekend, as a result of which his car bounced against the asphalt. This completely shook the Briton and caused him a lot of back pain. “He feels really bad,” team boss Toto Wolff said after the race. “This could affect his health.”

Mercedes hopes that a regulation change will be made soon, which will solve the problem. “That is at every driver’s briefing with the FIA (the umbrella F1 body, ed.) discussed,” Hamilton said after the race. “Something really has to be done.” His teammate, George Russell

l, agree. “It is only a matter of time until a serious accident happens. All the ingredients for a disaster are there.”

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Horner opposes rule changes

There are still too many opponents in Formula 1 for a rule change. One of them is Red Bull boss Christian Horner, whose cars are much less affected by the bounce. According to him, Mercedes is using the health problems as an excuse to adjust the rules. “If I wanted to change the rules, I would also ‘bitch’ over the team radio and make it a big thing,” Horner said after the race.

The eccentric Red Bull leader also saw the Mercedes cars bounce. “You can see that it is very uncomfortable for the drivers, but you can just solve that by raising the bottom of the car a bit. But that comes at the expense of speed. So they’re making it a security issue now, hoping to change the rules and be faster.”

Lewis Hamilton finished fourth yesterday, he has to wait for his first win this season ©  ISOPIX

“If it’s really unsafe, don’t race”

Horner would therefore not think it fair if the rules were changed. “If all the teams have problems, then it’s fair to change the rules. But if you changed the rules now, you’d be rewarding some teams that didn’t do a good job. That feels unfair to teams that have done a good job.”

Horner is less concerned about the health problems that Mercedes drivers experience due to the porpoising effect. “You have the choice to get in the car or not. If it’s really unsafe, you don’t race,” the team boss said after the race.

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