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Monaco Grand Prix 2022

Several teams surprised by recurring problem in Monaco

Most F1 teams appeared to think they had porpoising more or less under control by the current stage of the season, but the issue looked to have surprised them again in Monaco. Ferrari, for example, had to rethink their choice of floor, as RacingNews365.com technical analyst Paolo Filisetti explains.

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Ferrari introduced a new floor at the last race weekend in Spain, but initially planned to use the old floor again in Monaco, as it better suited the ride height the Italians had envisaged.

In the streets of the Principality, the ride height chosen by the teams is often higher than at many other circuits.

The old floor would work more efficiently in combination with the relatively high ride height, even though this old floor is more sensitive to porpoising. However, because of the low average speeds at the Monaco circuit, Ferrari thought that this would not cause any problems.

During the first free practice session, they seemed to doubt that idea, and we saw Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc using different floors. Leclerc was using the old one, but during FP1, the team from Maranello decided to install the new specification floor for the Monegasque too.

See below the differences between the two floors.

			© RN365/Paolo Filisetti
	© RN365/Paolo Filisetti

Teams left surprised in Monaco

Ferrari, but also the other Formula 1 teams, have all been surprised by the amount of porpoising they have had to deal with on the streets of Monaco. In Free Practice 1, we saw that Mercedes' problems were back, in extreme form. Other teams were also suffering from it.

The current 2022 cars and the streets of Monaco are therefore not a happy partnership – yet. Given that Ferrari's new floor, which they introduced in Spain, was largely meant to reduce porpoising, the team decided to use this floor during the Monaco race weekend.

See the new floor in action at Monaco below.

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F1 2022 Monaco Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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