Chief Technology Officer Mike Elliott explained why Mercedes is still skeptical about the FIA’s anti-bouncing measures and where the limit would have been exceeded in the last Formula 1 race.
The World Automobile Federation (FIA) plans to introduce a limit value for the so-called bouncing of Formula 1 cars in 2022. Mercedes is skeptical. Probably also because the W13 is extremely badly affected by bouncing. Chief Technology Officer Mike Elliott says frankly: “If we had that [FIA-] Using metrics a few races ago, we wouldn’t have gotten through in Baku.”
Because that is also part of the announced FIA measures: If a team bounces over the specified limit from the French Grand Prix in Le Castellet, there is a risk of exclusion from the further event if no suitable vote is found.
But would the world association really go so far and ban cars from starting? Elliott says, “I don’t think anyone wants a situation where cars can’t race or get thrown out because the problems can’t be solved.”
However, it remains to be seen how the teams on site would deal with such a situation. “The question is: If someone is over the limit, can you still get it resolved on the race weekend? Time will tell if we find the right way to deal with these limits and if that puts us in the right direction without harming the show.” says Eliott.
Bouncing situation eases at Silverstone
For the moment, the bouncing situation has relaxed. “On Friday at Silverstone we wouldn’t even have reached the threshold,” explains the Mercedes technical director. But he also says: That could be a route-specific outlier into the positive.
Because: “We saw a lot of bouncing on the most recent routes. But that’s also because these routes were very bumpy and we drive very stiff cars. If I think of Budapest, for example, then it could be for the same reasons difficult for the teams.”
“Nevertheless, I think we’re all getting the hang of things,” says Elliott. “We understand the problems and are developing the cars further. So hopefully we’re moving away from bouncing.”
Everything else is a matter for the FIA, which, according to Elliott, is further developing its bouncing processes. “You want to see how you can actually put it into practice. It should be exciting to see how the thing is then applied during the course of the season. Let’s wait and see.”