Ferrari criticizes Mercedes protest: “Lose with dignity” |  formula 1

Ferrari criticizes Mercedes protest: “Lose with dignity” | formula 1


Mercedes’ season is far from the best. The eight-time champion is only third in the constructors’ world and is yet to win in 2022 with his drivers: Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. But, he has been going behind the scenes to question some aspects of the regulations, something that has not been well received by rival teams, especially Ferrari.

– For years, Ferrari had an engine deficit against Mercedes, but we didn’t ask for any favors or shortcuts. We lost with dignity, quietly working to recover, our opponents should do the same, don’t you think? We will explain our reasons, we will oppose any exploitation – said Piero Ferrari, vice president of the team and son of Enzo Ferrari.

Piero Ferrari is the only surviving son of Commander Enzo Ferrari – Photo: Getty Images

The speech comes as the German team asks the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) to review the technical regulations after the “cheating” effect – which causes the car to jump and which costs performance in 2022.

Both Ferrari and RBR are critical of Mercedes’ position, which advocates a change in regulations for safety reasons, which prevents a vote in the body’s council. They argue that while many teams have been able to reduce fraud, security cannot be used as a sufficient reason to change the rules.

Rafael Lopes and Luciano Burti summarize The Hungarian Doctor

Aware of this problem, the FIA ​​has issued an order to skip the car to take effect from the Belgian GP, ​​which will be held on August 28. The tool allows the team to increase the height of the cars by 10mm. However, the team led by Toto Wolff would lose performance in the corner, which is not appropriate.

Lewis Hamilton gets out of the car with the help of a Mercedes employee, in pain after the Azerbaijan GP – Photo: Bryn Lennon – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images

Ferrari is returning to the fight for the championship after many years of fighting to be at the top of the world. In 2022, there are eight sorry chances, but they were converted into only four victories.

– We were coming out of a difficult period and now we have a competitive car on every track. Of course there are things to adjust and detail to perfection, but this Ferrari is very competitive. Of course I would like to win more times, but we are on the right path – concluded Piero.

What is the false effect?

Also called dolphining, the problem was first seen in the previous F1 season in Bahrain. It is caused by the pressure imbalance in the car, the result of the ground effect saved by the new technical regulations.

Animation shows “porpoising”, the Dolphin Effect, in the 2022 Formula 1 car — Photo: Infoesporte

However, what has caused other types of jumps for some teams in recent races are factors that include variations in tracks, slopes and car placement, such as suspension.

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Despite these problems, Mercedes is third in the constructors’ world with 270 points, behind the leader RBR (396) and vice-leader Ferrari (314). In the world of drivers, Russell is the best placed of the team, taking 5th place, closely followed by Hamilton. The leader is Max Verstappen. The main threat to the RBR Dutchman’s title is Charles Leclerc, who needs to overturn a 63-point deficit.

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Information and schedule – Hungarian GP (F1 2022) — Photo: Infoesporte