‘Pigleting’ is rocking the world of Formula 1. A strange word describes a big problem

Formula 1’s new monopostos bounce around the track like pigs in the sea. Racers have back problems, nightmarish designers and team leaders.

Porpoise – This special word rocks the world of F1. Its equivalent of “moan” probably won’t tell you much either.

Therefore, we must first dive below sea level. This is where a cetacean with the scientific name of porpoise moves near the shore.

A dolphin-like mammal up to 1.9 meters long moves up and down in the water by vertically swinging its tail fin and lower body. And a similar steady back-and-forth movement disturbs a new generation of Formula 1 single-drivers.

This is due to what is called the suction effect. This year, after decades of bans, he is returning to building cars to make racing more attractive by making overtaking easier.

The formulas are no longer so “strewn” in the trailer behind another car and are better maneuvered. But the tax for it jumps on the straights.

The faster you drive, the more the car wants to be literally attached to the track. But if it gets too close to the surface, the airflow will stop. This means that the resulting pressure disappears like a magic wand and the car jumps again. But there, it immediately starts having a suction effect again. And that’s how it repeats itself on the plane several times a second.

The craziest jumps are performed by Mercedes monoposts. Even after the race in Baku, famous for its long, fast straights, Lewis Hamilton complained: “I haven’t felt so bad in Formula 1 yet. The back pain was so unpleasant that I seriously thought about abandon the race. “

This has been overtaken by Silver Arrows boss Toto Wolff, who is demanding an immediate change to the technical regulations. “It’s about the health of the pilots”, indignantly the Austrian manager.

Porpoise Photo: Wikimedia Commons – Ecomare – Michael Bruinvis (CC BY-SA 4.0)

At the same time, his statements reflect the desire to end the dominance of Red Bull and Ferrari this year, which the new Mercedes does not yet have.

That’s why Wolff immediately angered the Red Bull boss. “Changing the rules in the middle of the season is unacceptable. Mercedes is responsible for the problems, they made the wrong choice of chassis rigidity”, opposes Christian Horner.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) added fuel to the fire by sending technical guidelines to reduce “groans” shortly before the start of the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.

This aroused general wonder, because at that time everyone was interested in the way to Montreal. “These technical guidelines are not applicable to us. It’s just a recommendation, not a rule change,” said Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto, adding that if they followed these guidelines at Scuderie it could end up excluding their Grand Prix cars. .

The road to solving jump formula problems will be long and difficult. Top teams in particular would like to avoid the prophecy of Haas first man Guenther Steiner. He recently said: “Introducing these guidelines would totally change the order of races.”

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