Azerbaijan GP Review | The Parc Fermé F1 Podcast Ep 787

Join Paul and me as we review the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. We cover each team and driver and discuss our views on the race…and porpoising.

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Fabio

Great show as always team, From my POV: A WIN for the team that did Vettel’s hair transplant, his performances have been outstanding since he got the new hair. A FAIL for Mohammed Ben Sulayem, his statement “Niki Lauda and Alain Prost only cared about driving. Now, Vettel drives a rainbow bicycle, Lewis is passionate about human rights and Norris addresses mental health. Everybody has the right to think. To me, it is about deciding whether we should impose our beliefs on something over the sport all the time” is appalling. Just because he comes from the UAE with a… Read more »

Fabio

Maybe there was a bit of lost in translation, but it doesn’t look good.
MBS comes from a country that is well known for it’s oil and human rights abuse, what does he want Seb and Lewis to be quiet about? LGBTQ+ issues and environmental policies. You can’t tell me there isn’t a correlation there.

Xean Drury

I think can and should be a catalyst for change and applaud HAM and VET for speaking up on important issues. But there is also a ‘Time and Place’ clause that needs to be considered. Hamilton wearing the ‘Say her name’ shirt on the podium was very cringy. A step too far (which I know, they did address after the fact) ~X8

Fabio

On the Merc narrative about getting the regs changed, there are also two other options:

  1. Lewis could just drive slower ;-)
  2. The FIA could introduce a regulation that a car can only bounce/porpoise/oscillate (whatever you want to call it) a certain amount. That way, those that got it right can keep going and those that didn’t …… :-)
Fabio

Very true, also let’s not forget ‘rules begets rules’.

Achim

In order to solve the bouncing, wouldn’t it be great if the FIA would come up with some sort of sensor and a threshold, that if the car oscillation is too big over a period of time the car would be illegal. A bit like with what the FIA did with the engines: you have a 100 kg of fuel, and here is the mandatory fuel flow meter. Get on with it! Sure, the devil would be in the detail with such a sensor, but you would not have to change the car design regs and I am certain the… Read more »