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Max Verstappen says bouncing FIA intervention ‘not correct’

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MONTREAL, Canada — Reigning world champion Max Verstappen disagrees with Formula One rules being changed midway through the season to prevent cars from bouncing violently at high speeds.

The FIA ​​said this week it had pledged to reduce or eliminate F1 car bouncing this year due to concerns over the health of its drivers, with more attention now being given to the cars’ boards and a metric being designed to measure an acceptable level of car oscillation.

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Television cameras showed Lewis Hamilton struggling to get out of his Mercedes car after spending the entire Baku race bouncing around in his cockpit while descending the long Baku straight.

While it’s unclear whether the FIA’s intervention will help or hinder teams with bouncy cars, Verstappen isn’t happy with the governing body’s intervention at this stage.

“For me, it doesn’t matter if it’s going to help us or work against us, the rules change in the middle of the year, I don’t think that’s right,” he said.

“I understand the safety part, but I think if you talk to all the engineers in the paddock if you’re mounting your car, you’ll have fewer problems anyway.

“You’re going to try to find the limit of what your body can handle for performance, but I don’t think it’s right right now that they step in and start enforcing those rules.

“It’s very simple, just increase the ride height and you won’t have these problems, it’s basically a bit complicated and I also think it will be very difficult to control.”

Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate George Russell has suggested that Red Bull and Ferrari are looking to protect their championship lead.

“There are obviously a lot of mixed agendas here from different teams and drivers, we heard Carlos [Sainz]Checo [Perez] and Max earlier in the season how bad it was, but now their performance is solid, they don’t want changes because it can only hinder them,” Russell said.

“So it’s a bit of a shame to see performance take precedence over safety.”

Hamilton underwent acupuncture and cryotherapy this week to recover in time for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

He revealed on Instagram that he only managed to go for a run on Thursday evening, showing how his back pain persisted after the Baku run.

“I can really feel that I’m a bit shorter this week,” Hamilton said at the same press conference.

“My records are definitely not at their best right now and that’s not good for longevity.”

Hamilton, seated next to Verstappen, suggested some people in Formula 1 say one thing in public on the matter and another behind closed doors when the topic comes up.

“It’s always interesting to see people’s point of view and opinions from different angles. Obviously in front of you it’s one thing and in the background sometimes people are saying different things,” he said. he stated, although it was unclear whether this was a reference to Verstappen or any other specific individual.

He also doesn’t know if the changes will do much for the competitive order.

“At the end of the day safety is the most important thing and I think at least one driver in each team has spoken about it, I don’t think it will change that much but I think there is a lot of work to be done. TO DO.

“It’s positive that the FIA ​​is working to improve it because we have this care for the next few years – it’s not about dealing with the twist of the next few years, it’s about getting rid of it completely and fix it so that future pilots, all of us, don’t have back problems in the future.”

Fellow multiple world champion Sebastian Vettel welcomed the FIA’s intervention.

“We drivers will suffer injuries for the short term or for the rest of our lives with something that can be prevented,” he said.

“Looking ahead, it can’t last another four or five years. It’s good that the FIA ​​is looking into this and putting safety above performance.”

The F1 season continues with the Canadian Grand Prix on June 19.

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