"Verstappen has the rebound"

ANDIt’s the ‘off topic’ of the week. The previous one, the pilots’ salary, in this one, the FIA’s decision to get their hands on ‘porposing’, we’ll see how and who it affects. Yes, the most ‘bounced’, without a doubt the champion, Max Verstappen. “I don’t know if he helps us or not, but changing the rule in the middle of the year I don’t think it’s right because a team asks for it“, says the Dutchman. “I understand the importance of safety, of course, but you talk to any paddock engineer and they tell you the same thing, lift the car (less performance) and you will have less problems”. And less benefits, of course.

Max, at 24, like Leclerc, doesn’t look much further than possible sequels. “There are many sports where there is damage, such as football players, motocross and MotoGP riders, who sometimes break bones but take that risk“. They are not going to move him from there, it is clear.

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The thing is Max does not have the support of veteransneither Vettel, who seems fine nor Alonso since the Alpine has it under control, although he warns that “in Barcelona we had twice as many as Mercedes in Bak and that’s it, yesHe tries to lift the car and since the driver is not going to want to, if the FIA ​​can mediate and tell the team to lift it, the better”, is his analysis.

In Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2, the FIA ​​technicians have taken measurements of vertical accelerations, and for today’s Free Practice 3 they will decide the measurements, heights, etc… For Hamilton, all this comes in handy, especially if he does not have to lift the car and achieves another time of changes. “Safety is key and at least one driver from each team has given an opinion on the matter, the FIA ​​is working to improve what is a car for several years, it is not about dealing with the rebound but eliminating it completely so as not to have back problems in the future, or in my head, I have much more pain this year. I don’t think it will change my performance much, although I’m still wrong”, says the 44 take, hand to lumbar, like an old man at the end of Bak to encourage that FIA who feels that he owes him one from Abu Dabu. Whether I gave him a show or not is a mystery.

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Those that are doing well because they don’t want to touch anything, like the Ferrari 16. “I don’t completely agree, it’s harder, but not undrivable, for our part we have found solutions to improve it,” he adds. Leclerc who doesn’t want Hamilton close either if this change turns the tables on the subject, which is basically what all this is about. It already happened in 2013 when a change (also for safety) in the construction of tires knocked down Ferrari and boosted Red Bull and, incidentally, Mercedes. Everyone here has notches on their revolver.

And to those who neither go nor come because they speak from the normality of the matter and the truth is that several, Sainz among them, they were worried about the long-term consequences of doing 7,500 kms (this year’s races) and many other practices, with that wild and unpredictable rebound. Gasly says he doesn’t want to see himself garrotted at 30 and Stroll and Ocon add the hardness of the cars, their rigidity (passing the curbs they have a hard time), to the problem of ‘porposing’. “All this 23 races is not sustainable, let alone with so many years in the car, it would be hard on the body,” says the Canadian.


And Russel? He is in the team that suffers from it, but regularly defeating Hamilton with it. “It will be necessary to see if these changes make a difference or not, I am not an expert and I do not know if I can improve things, but as a driver I like to see how the people of the FIA ​​are proactive and take action. It is more a band-aid than the solution definitively, we will see why even the teams that suffer little, suffer a lot and this should only be the starting point”.

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