FIA eases F1 porpoising metric from Singapore GP Formula 1’s porpoising metric has been tweaked from this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix to help remove potential problems caused by bumpy tracks, Motorsport.com has learned.
As the result of the extreme bouncing earlier in the season that left drivers complaining about safety implications, the FIA announced ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix that it was introducing an Aerodynamic Oscillation Metric that teams would not be allowed to exceed.
Teams had to ensure that their car was below the maximum bouncing limit over each lap, or there was a risk of them being sanctioned on safety grounds.
In a document sent to teams ahead of the Montreal race, they were warned that breaching the rules would carry the risk of cars being excluded from events.
F1’s head of single seater matters Nikolas Tombazis said in that note: “Any car whose AOM exceeds the stipulated AOM [limit] will be reported to the stewards with the recommendation that they be excluded from the results of the sprint or race."
Following some debate with teams about the implications of the metric, it finally came in to force from the Belgian Grand Prix.
The FIA has said from now on that there will be a top limit of 7G attributed to readings – meaning any track strike above that will not be taken into account for compliance with the metric.
This change in approach should help teams avoid any risk of them inadvertently breaching the AOM limit.
Safety doesn't matter anymore? What will Toto say about this? He asked the FIA over and over again for the rules against porpoising.
Edited by WouterF1, 29 September 2022 - 11:58.