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FIA vows to continue with its bouncing controls despite objection

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The FIA insists that it will continue with its decision to limit the high-speed bouncing that has affected this year’s Formula 1 cars, despite complaints from some teams.

The bouncing, also known as ‘porpoising’, has emerged this season after ground effect was introduced to the design of the new cars for this season.

Some teams have been heavily impacted by the issue with concerns raised by the drivers about the long-term safety implications.

So, in an effort to overcome the problem, the FIA are going to introduce an Aerodynamic Oscillation Metric (AOM). This will determine the maximum amount that each car is permitted to bounce on track. If any team exceeds this, they are required to change their car set up or risk disqualification.

The FIA are also going to take measures to limit the flexibility of the car’s floor, which some teams may be exploiting in order to combat the problem.

Although the investigation has been met positively by some teams, others have objected and believe their car set up should not be dictated by the sport’s governing body. However, the FIA have reaffirmed their stance in a statement. “It is the responsibility and prerogative of the FIA to intervene on safety matters.”

Although the bouncing has not been as prominent in recent events, some upcoming races may see it re-emerge once more.

The new rules will come into effect from the Belgian Grand Prix which takes place at the end of August.

Simon Goodrum
Simon is a keen writer who has always had a strong interest in sport. His particular passions are motorsport and soccer which he frequently writes about.

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