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Formula 1 live ticker: Wolff thinks Mercedes’ porpoising problem has been solved

Formula 1 live ticker: Wolff thinks Mercedes’ porpoising problem has been solved
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7:51 a.m

Mercedes: Porpoising solved?

Does Mercedes have its porpoising problems under control now? That’s what motorsport boss Toto Wolff says now, you can hear and be amazed: “I think we’ve dissected what we define as ‘porpoising’ or ‘bouncing’ in a certain way, and I think that ‘porpoising’, i.e. the aerodynamic movement of the car, and we got it under control in Barcelona,” he says.

However, problems were greatest in Monaco and Baku – and that was after Barcelona. According to Wolff, that’s a different problem: “The cars are just too stiff,” said the Austrian. “The handling over the curbs is bad, the handling on bumps is bad.”

“And that’s exactly what the drivers complain about,” says Wolff. “And we have to look at how we can improve that.”

2:20 p.m

quitting time

That was it again with our slightly shortened day in the ticker. Tomorrow my colleague Ruben Zimmermann will be there for you again. Norman Fischer says goodbye and wishes you a sunny afternoon. Bye!


2:06 p.m

Szafnauer: Andretti would be an asset

There is still no news about Andretti’s possible entry into Formula 1. Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer is not surprised that the American’s plans were received rather frostily: “I’m not surprised. There are always advantages and disadvantages of an eleventh team,” he says.

The disadvantages for the teams are obvious: It’s about the money that many don’t want to share. However, Alpine is a supporter of Andretti, also because they are considered a selected engine partner.

Szafnauer would therefore welcome the team: “Andretti is a big name in motorsport – especially in the USA,” he says. “And we’re doing more races in the US now and I think maybe a team like Andretti could make the whole revenue pie bigger so we can all benefit.”


1:43 p.m

Let’s just leave it at that!


1:14 p.m

Alpine: Will not beat Mercedes in World Championship

The weekend in Canada went well for Alpine. Thanks to sixth and ninth place, the racing team was able to move up to eight points behind McLaren. And team boss Otmar Szafnauer is certain: “Without the safety cars, I think things could have gone a little better.”

He emphasizes that in the dry they only lost out to Mercedes because of the circumstances, which he considers beatable – but not in the championship. Because there Mercedes with 188 points is well ahead of Alpine, who have 57 points.

“We have to be realistic, we won’t finish third,” says Szafnauer. “But I’m very satisfied in the fight for fourth place because we scored a lot of points.” And McLaren in Montreal none at all.


12:42 p.m

Latifi surprised: My car can’t do the same!

As one of only two regular drivers, Nicholas Latifi has no points on his account and is clearly at a disadvantage against his teammate Alexander Albon. He speaks of clear problems with the car that “go far beyond a problem with driving style”.

“Sure, in the beginning it was a part and you could still see some of the difference in that,” he admits. “But apart from that, the pace is just not there,” he wonders.

“There are situations in which I have the feeling that my car can’t do what I see in the data,” said the Canadian. “It’s not a nice feeling and a bit strange.”


12:20 p.m

eyes on the warnings

In terms of penalty points, Canada was not an eventful race: Only Fernando Alonso picked up a point for his multiple lane changes on Sunday.

There were numerous warnings for this: the race organizers gave five warnings to drivers because they had not properly driven around a bollard next to the track. Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll, Guanyu Zhou and Pierre Gasly even received a warning twice.

These also have a potential impact. If you collect five of them, you have to go back ten starting places. A driver is even about to be penalized. You can see who that is in our overview (scroll all the way down!).


11:59 a.m

Hamilton: Russell should also do more experiments!

Lewis Hamilton had to do some experiments again in Canada training. He tested a new underbody with a large recess, but it didn’t work well.

For the good of the team, he likes to take part in these experiments, he said, “but maybe George can take over the experiments in the second half of the season”, he takes his teammate George Russell to task – of course not meant too seriously.

Because Russell also experiments and often drives contrary set-ups to Hamilton. In Canada, he tried out a second underbody strut in training, which was not installed for qualifying and the race after a threatened protest.


11:33 a.m

Pirelli: Tires for Europe summer announced

Tire manufacturer Pirelli has announced the compounds for the races in Spielberg, Le Castellet and Budapest. In Austria the three softest compounds C3, C4 and C5 are nominated, in France and Hungary they go one step harder and take the C2 instead of the C5.

Those are the same allocations as last year, with Spielberg 2021 having two races – one with the middle bid (Styria GP) and one with the softer bid (Austria GP). In 2022, the softer contingent was adopted.


10:58 a.m

Seidl: Have to come back stronger

McLaren couldn’t be satisfied with eleventh and 15th place in Canada. Team boss Andreas Seidl says that the team absolutely has to improve and rectify its mistakes: “It was a very disappointing day for us, a very disappointing weekend,” said the German.

The difficulties were complex: “Reliability problems, an operational problem in the race, but also in terms of pace and where we want to go,” he calls the problem areas.

“On the operational side, we had a communication problem at the pit stop, which eventually turned into the problem we saw. We have to analyze that and come back stronger.”


10:31 a.m

Kick Mick & Seb

If you want to see Sebastian Vettel & Mick Schumacher play against other stars like Dirk Nowitzki and Mats Hummels, you can come to Frankfurt’s Waldstadion on August 24th, because that’s when the “Champions for Charity” event will take place again.


10:05 a.m

Sainz: Eleven podium places, no victory

Carlos Sainz’s second place was his eleventh podium – but the Ferrari driver is still waiting for a win. This puts him in third place in the all-time statistics. Only Stefan Johansson (12) and Nick Heidfeld are ahead of him. The German has been on the podium 13 times without claiming a win.

In contrast to Heidfeld, Sainz still has the chance to say goodbye to this statistic.


9:40 a.m

On the podium in the 150th race

They grow up so fast: In 2015, Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen started their Formula 1 career as teammates at Toro Rosso. The two of them finished their 150th race in the first two places – with Red Bull and Ferrari meanwhile.


09:28 am

Ocon: DRS help for Alonso “perfectly implemented”

Esteban Ocon says Alpine’s strategy of using him to help Fernando Alonso against Valtteri Bottas in Canada was ‘perfectly executed’. Alonso had engine problems in Canada and was therefore naturally vulnerable to an attack by Valtteri Bottas.

But teammate Esteban Ocon kept him in the DRS window, allowing Alonso to stay ahead of the Finn with the extra speed – at least without the penalty.

“Valtteri put quite a lot of pressure on Fernando at the end. And we tried to play the team game over me to give Fernando the DRS. And we did it well, we implemented it perfectly,” says Ocon. “It was really good teamwork!”

Alexander Albon Esteban Ocon Alpine Alpine F1Williams Williams F1 ~Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine)~


09:01 a.m

The Formula 1 notes

Max Verstappen was the winner of the Canada race, but was he also the best driver of the weekend? If it’s up to the editors, Marc Surer and you readers: yes! The Dutchman won our traditional grading in Montreal, but Mick Schumacher has also finally written.

Here you can see the complete evaluation in detail. And in the photo series there are the editors’ notes with justification.


Photo gallery: Montreal: The driver’s grades of the editors


8:41 a.m

Does Netflix provide overblown drama?

The heated meeting on Saturday also included cameras from Netflix filming the documentary Drive to Surve. But did that cause a bit too much action? “I think there was a bit of drama at this meeting,” smiles Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

But not all team bosses feel compelled to put on a show in front of the cameras: “For me, it has increased my reluctance not to say anything,” says Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer.

He’s unsure whether Netflix should be present at such meetings: “I remember watching the Senna film and all those years ago they had cameras at meetings like this,” he says. “So is it good for the fans, does it help us all if they understand some of the stuff? Maybe. Does it create drama that otherwise wouldn’t exist? I don’t know.”

Toto Wolff Christian Horner Red Bull Red Bull F1 ~Toto Wolff and Christian Horner~


8:13 a.m

Horner: Blame the concept, not the rules

There was a big argument at the meeting of the team bosses on Saturday. Red Bull believes that Mercedes and Toto Wolff are over-dramatizing their problems in order to get rule changes in their favour. For team boss Christian Horner, however, the concept of the W13 is to blame, not the regulations.

“It’s up to the teams,” says Horner. “It’s within their sphere of influence to deal with it if it doesn’t affect others. “I know it’s been said that other drivers have complained. Our drivers have never complained about porpoising.”

“We’ve never had a problem with bouncing,” Horner continued. “The problem is that they drive their car so stiffly. I think that the problem is their concept and not the regulations.”

But that’s exactly what Wolff has now admitted: that it’s due to the stiffness, not the porpoising.

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