As an F1 fan who can remember when ground effects arrived the current "porpoising and bouncing" rows do make me smile - History seems to be repeating itself - Lotus 78 with side brushes raised cornering speeds a lot - the Lotus 79 with sliding skirts showed the full GE potential . So the rule makers banned skirts and the teams lowered the cars to within millimetres of the track - Rule makers set a minimum ride height but teams developed hydraulic cheat systems . So drivers still kept being shaken to pieces So finally the rule makers gave up on GE and said flat bottoms.
Now its al repeating itself - except for one thing - wheel size.
Along with the new aero rules the 13 inch wheels , and so fat sidewall tyres, were swapped out for 18 inch wheels and "modern" low profile tyres .for 2022.
Now the team’s dynamics guys have struggled for years with how to control a suspension where much of the movement was in externally undamped high sidewalls but now - I presume(?) that the sidewall flexing is reduced so the dynamics guys can control ride height mainly through the springs and dampers. Or to put it another way the previous vey hard springing is now getting straight through to the track surface.
So is it just possible that the villain in all this is the change in controlled suspension frequency and that is why the bouncing has gotten worse?
If you couldn’t control the flexible bounce in the old , high , sidewalls the cars had a cushion. Now you can lock the suspension up nearly solid and banish most bounce?
As a last comment , putting aside the "handbag " squabbles of messrs. Horner and Wolf I think the FIA has probably screwed up badly here and given alt eh aero CFD stuff they ran ran to design GE for better overtaking they should have forseen this issue way back.
Edited by mariner, 21 June 2022 - 09:07.