F1 teams will escape penalties for porpoising in Canada

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The FIA does not intend to dish out penalties to F1 teams unable to rid their cars of severe porpoising during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, despite a Technical Directive (TD) that threatened harsh action.

The sport’s governing body has this weekend taken the decision to intervene in helping teams to tackle porpoising following an Azerbaijan race that left multiple drivers suffering.

On Thursday, the FIA issued teams with a TD that set out their short-term plans for tackling porpoising and warned that those still bouncing severely on Saturday could be hit with a disqualification for running an “unsafe” car.

Another part of the TD sets out plans to monitor the bouncing of cars using an Aerodynamic Oscillation Metric (AOM), calculated using the accelerometers already fitted to F1 cars. Based on the data collected by the accelerometers, an AOM matrix will be drawn up to determine a prescribed parameter.

FIA will not hit teams with penalties

However, RacingNews365.com has been told that the FIA have no intention of dishing out any severe penalties until their data collection process is complete – and it is unlikely that stage will be reached by the end of Saturday’s FP3 session.

“The Technical Directive (TD) is in two parts and the first part is the acquisition process,” an FIA spokesperson told RacingNews365.com in Montreal.

“It is unlikely that the FIA will have collected sufficient representative data by the end of FP3 tomorrow, so it is likely they will need to continue the data acquisition and analysis process.

“Therefore, the second part of the TD, namely potential action against non-compliance, will not be taken until such time as a representative amount of data has been collected.”



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