Of the teams struggling with the porpoising effect that’s emerged with Formula 1’s 2022 cars, Mercedes is among the worst affected.
But while the issue is costing Mercedes significant laptime, F1’s current benchmark team is also experiencing porpoising. The Ferrari was bouncing too on the run to Turn 9 during the Australian Grand Prix weekend – perhaps even more aggressively than the Mercedes.
Even with that, Charles Leclerc was able to take his second pole position and victory of the season, while Mercedes remained a similar distance off the pace as it was at the first two races of the year.
So why is the same problem ruining Mercedes’ season while Ferrari is on top?