“There’s a huge chunk of lap time there,” George Russell believes fixing the porpoise problem will propel the team forward » FirstSportz

George Russell
George Russell

George Russell, the Mercedes Formula 1 driver, recently gave his take on the “porpoise” Problem that is proving to be a big problem for the Brackley-based Mercedes team.

George believes there’s a large part of the lap time to figuring out if the Silver Arrows can somehow lower the car without having to face the porpoise problem.

The 2022 Mercedes Formula One campaign has got off to a very sober start compared to the high standards they set during the turbo-hybrid era. In the first two races of the 2022 season, the team found it difficult to deal with the new regulations.

Mercedes at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

The Silver Arrows are currently the third fastest team on the grid and far removed from the pace of Red Bull and Ferrari.

Russell believes they are slower than the top two teams because Mercedes kept pacing as they tried to drive the W13 very close to the ground.

However, the Brit is very confident that once he finds the right balance to minimize the effect of the impact, he can expect big wins from the W13.

George Russell: We’re doing everything we can to solve this porpoise problem

George Russell
George Russell

Russell said when speaking about the porpoise problem: “It’s difficult because we put all our efforts into solving this porpoise problem and it doesn’t allow us to focus on other things.”

As a driver, I can’t concentrate so much on driving. We can’t really fine-tune the balance, the setup, because our whole focus is on solving that problem. So we have something to do.”

We have the issue of porpoises. The only way to run is to lift the car very high. And obviously with this ground effect car, We lose all downforce.”

So we know that if we can get the car on the ground, that’s where a huge chunk of the lap time is. But we can’t reach it at the moment.”


It’s all well and good to say that, but we can’t physically accomplish that right now. So we have to rethink.”

Up to this point, Russell made it clear that Mercedes isn’t far off at all on that particular path, admitting that the Porpoise is “exactly the same as what we’ve seen since day one.”

It seems that Mercedes has another “permanent solution” on their porpoise problem and with round three of the 2022 season taking place next weekend it will be fascinating to see how well the team can do at the Australian GP.

Also read: ‘It was frustrating’, Fernando Alonso unhappy with Alpine’s points record after two races opener

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