, 2022-07-02 02:00:00,
The FIA has stepped in to try to minimise cars bouncing after drivers expressed concerns about their safety, with them being subjected to heavy impacts inside of the cockpits.
As part of its efforts, the governing body is to introduce an Aerodynamic Oscillation Metric (AOM) from the French Grand Prix that limits the vertical forces cars are allowed to operate with.
Teams can risk exclusion from an event if they consistently break the limit, but will be given some extra leeway this season while they adjust to the restrictions.
While teams are confident that their cars will not need any modifications to comply with the new metric going forward, Mercedes says that analysis of recent grands prix shows it would have broken the metric at the Baku race last month.
It was there that George Russell voiced his concerns to the FIA about safety implications and the bouncing that drivers faced, and Lewis Hamilton hobbled from his car at the end of the race due to the punishment his back took from striking the track.
George Russell, Mercedes W13
Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images
Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott said the latest draft technical directive (TD) issued this week remained a work in progress as there was a lot of work to go through.
“From what we’ve heard from the FIA, I think it’s something they’re going to have to sort of work on and build and work out how it’s going to work…
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