Ricky Russell is not alone in his concerns about the safety of F1 cars. He also has concerns about the FIA’s new technology regulations, which will allow the cars to be tracked closer to the ground. While this might be good for floor aerodynamics, it also can be dangerous. As a result, some cars may jump up and down straights. This can lead to an aerodynamic phenomenon, known as porpoising.
As a result, the Mercedes team is struggling on many levels. In fact, they have been outqualified five times this season, with Russell edging out Leclerc and Hamilton by more than two tenths of a second. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has excused this lack of pace by citing experimental parts.