Seeing a Formula 1 a season in which the team principals of the teams fighting for the world championships are often in harmony on a political level is not something to be taken for granted. After seeing Christian Horner (Red Bull) and Mattia Binotto (Ferrari) join hands and support the requests to the FIA of increasing the budget cap limit, we now record another episode in which the Italian manager and the British team principal share the same view. This time around the subject is porpoising.
Red Bull-Ferrari coalition
While Christian Horner was understandably opposed to helping Mercedes by denying the FIA green light to introduce a solution that would eliminate the problem of aerodynamic bouncing on all the cars on the grid, what Ferrari’s stance would be on the matter was not as predictable.
Mattia Binotto, in turn, declared himself surprisingly in favor of keeping the current regulation unchanged, also releasing some rather ‘bizarre’ considerations given the drivers’ thoughts on this matter: “If we look at the overall situation of Formula 1, I do not think that these can be considered the most uncomfortable cars for a driver. In terms of motorsport I mean. For the drivers they certainly represent a challenge. However, I think they are quite comfortable. We took porpoising as a technical challenge. We are focused on ourselves and we can say that we have made progress.” – the Ferrari boss explained.
Ferrari happy to accept the porpoising challenge
“We can certainly improve further”, he continued, looking at the situation strictly linked to the Maranello team’s F1-75 cars – “So I think it is too early to judge. I am convinced that we will find a medium to long term solution. It is something that we should simply accept. We still all need time to understand it better, but personally I am happy to do so.” – he added.
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Carlos has called for the intervention of the FIA, but Mattia Binotto is adamant no general changes are needed
Carlos Sainz (you can find his comments here) also requested a decisive intervention by the FIA, did not go unnoticed by the Ferrari team principal, who however pointed out he does not fully agree: “I am aware of his thoughts, but I believe that some interventions have been made on the car and that the overall behavior has improved. Also in Baku, the bouncing has progressively decreased from Friday to Sunday. The teams can always make choices in terms of set-up that can reduce the problem “, he concluded, probably also referring to the increase in height from the ground.