Helmut Marko has criticised the introduction of new measures by the FIA as they attempt to tackle the issue of porpoising. The governing body announced on the Thursday before the Canadian Grand Prix that they had decided to proceed with adjustments that they say should reduce or eliminate the porpoising that has been widely seen since the introduction of new aerodynamic regulations in 2022. A statement released by the FIA confirmed that they have issued a technical directive " to give guidance to the teams about the measures the FIA intends to take to tackle the problem". This will include "closer scrutiny of the planks and skids" and "the definition of a metric, based on the car’s vertical acceleration, that will give a quantitative limit for acceptable level of vertical oscillations".
Marko reacts to FIA plans
The announcement comes after several drivers and teams raised concerns about the impact of porpoising following the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton appeared to be particularly affected by the problem, having spoken of the back pain he experienced in the race due to his car bouncing, and as such Mercedes were amongst those to call for the FIA to look into solutions. Others have not been in favour of changes to the regulations being made during the season, including Max Verstappen, who told RACER : "I think there are a lot of teams that actually did an amazing job to not have these kind of issues, so it is possible to drive around it." Marko takes a similar stance on the topic. "That's complete nonsense!" he told Austrian publication Kleine Zeitung on the idea of changes to the rules. "Just because a team can't cope with the changes doesn't mean you change the regulations. "You can easily raise the car, then that's done."