- Nikunj Ashish Shah
Formula 1 news: James Key believes that the porpoising problem will be resolved soon. At the pre-season testing in Barcelona, Formula One teams faced the porpoising problem in their cars, although the technical director of McLaren feels that this issue will be resolved quickly.
Porpoising is caused when a car comes close to the ground and gets pressed during the straights, stopping the airflow which disrupts the downforce that is generated from the floor. The all-new ground effect cars i.e in accordance with the new regulations introduced this year which have increased the ground effect in the cars have faced this issue.
Hence, proposing is a number of oscillations which is resulted due to the formula one car beings tucked in a loop in which the car constantly gets sucked down to the ground due to which it loses its downforce and rises up again.
Complaints were made by many drivers after driving the car, especially by Charles Lerec who said that he felt sick behind the wheel. If the problem worsens, Mercedes driver George Russell believes it will become a major safety issue.
If things get out of hand. Increasing the car’s ride height can be a quick cure for keeping the porpoising to a minimum. This may also prevent them from bottoming out on the straights.
Furthermore, the difficulty may be manageable if testing tracks are smooth in F1. On circuits that are more high-speed and rough, though, it can become a significant problem. According to Sergio Perez, they’ll have to get a better understanding of the cars and make some compromises in qualifying.
He went on to suggest that each team would want to achieve the lowest possible score. Then they’ll have to cope with the problem of porpoising, but they’ll have to fly there to get the best results. If the DRS isn’t open, he says, that may be a problem.
Although McLaren has claimed that it has understood the problem of how the car generates a downforce through their ground-effect aerodynamics. Key believes that every team will overcome the problem and the problem won’t last long.
He said that the issue has become a big topic because it’s clearly visible to the naked eye. With aerodynamical developments, teams will overcome it soon as per him. Key also added that this won’t remain a topic after five or six races.
He further said that it hasn’t been a major issue for McLaren as compared to teams like Alpine. Although, Alpine has said that it has worked upon a solution to fix this issue of porpoising at high speeds.
Key also accepted that they face the issue a bit. He is pretty sure it’s just caused by the ground effect and it will be fixed soon completely. He also told that they have tried out a few things which rescued it or even promoted it.
Basically, he is sure that it can be fixed aerodynamically. Although the problem hasn’t been a topic for McLaren, he said. He believes that the problem is gonna be fixed soon.
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