F1 team boss says drivers should quit and go home if they can't handle the pain from 'porpoising'

Franz Tost during a pre-race press conference.Dan Istitene/Getty Images
F1 has a "porpoise" problem where cars start bouncing when they reach high speeds.
The problem has become a safety concern as drivers suffer from back injuries.
AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost says these drivers should go home if they can't handle F1 cars.
Formula 1 has a jumping problem that's causing back pain for drivers, but not everyone is convinced it's a safety issue.
"Porpoises" - where Formula 1 cars start hopping when they reach their top speed - has plagued most teams to varying degrees this season. However, the FIA ​​was forced to get involved after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when drivers were vocal about the injuries to their backs.
Scuderia AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost was asked about the FIA's technical policy, in which it promised to collect data and reduce porpoises. Tost said changes weren't necessary because everyone knew the new cars would be uncomfortable.
"It was clear from the start that these [new] cars weren't going to be easy to drive," said Tost ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix. "It's necessary for the cars to be pretty stiff... Now the drivers are complaining about that. On the one hand, I can understand it's not that easy for them. On the other hand, this is a Formula 1 car." And I remember when the wing cars were out there on Sunday night a driver came up to me and said, 'Tomorrow I have to go to the dentist because I lose feeling because the cars are so difficult to drive.' And it's nothing new."
Tost went on to suggest that if the cars are too uncomfortable for the drivers, maybe they shouldn't be in F1 at all.
"Riders need to do more neck and gluteus maximus training, that'll help," Tost said, adding later, "I don't know yet how much [the porpoise] can be controlled... . But this is a Formula 1 car. This isn't a Rolls Royce. And drivers should be aware of that. And if the cars are too stiff or they find it too difficult, maybe they should stay at home, in the living room, sit on the chair, and then they can do the races on TV or wherever. I dont know.
The FIA ​​had to intervene when drivers injured themselves
Porpoise problems reached a new level at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where the street circuit is already bumpy and this season's longest straight in F1 typically boasts some of the highest speeds of the year. Several complained of back pain and Lewis Hamilton struggled to get out of his car, leading to concerns he might be forced to miss the next race in Montreal.
Lewis Hamilton struggles to get out of his car after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.Bryn Lennon - Formula One/Formula One via Getty Images
Despite not missing the Canadian GP, ​​Hamilton spoke about how bad the Azerbaijan GP was on his back.
"It was the worst race ever," Hamilton said. “Probably the most painful race I've ever experienced and also the toughest battle with the car I've ever experienced. I'm glad it's over."
At this point the FIA ​​is collecting and analyzing data and it is not yet clear how they will implement the mid-season changes.
One way is to force teams like Mercedes to increase the height of the cars, which would reduce impact but also reduce their speed. However, other teams that have already solved the porpoising problem fear the FIA ​​will foist changes on everyone that may be more beneficial to drivers who are still struggling with it.
Christian Horner, the team principal of AlphaTauri's sister team Red Bull, has been vocal in demanding that other teams like Mercedes make adjustments.
"You have a choice where you drive your car, don't you?" said Horner before the race in Baku. "One should never drive an unsafe car... So it would be unfair to penalize those who have done a good job versus those who may have missed the mark slightly."
Tost clearly agrees with Horner that they shouldn't be forced to change.
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