Binotto claims 'porpoising' no longer a problem for Ferrari

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Ferrari F1-75 - sidepod. 25.02.2022. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Barcelona, Spain
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Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto says that his team has already got on top of the 'porpoising' problems that many teams ran into during this week's pre-season shakedown tests at Barcelona.

The new rules and regulations for 2022 and the reintroduction of ground effect downforce have meant teams have had to make far-reaching changes to their cars this season.

One of the side-effects of the changes was a widespread porpoising phenomenon, or excessive bouncing on straights, affecting the handling of the cars and disrupting the downforce levels of F1's new designs.

Despite Charles Leclerc topping the times on Wednesday morning, Ferrari had been one of the teams to suffer. However Binotto insists that his technical team have already found a way to deal with the issue.

โ€œOn the bouncing, I think it was an issue but it's not any more," he told the media at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday. "Somehow we are managing the situation.โ€

โ€œIf we're looking at this on Thursday afternoon and earlier on Friday, I think we are bouncing a lot less."

Leclerc went on to top the timesheets on Thursday, but he was only sixth on the final day of the test on Friday with team mate Carlos Sainz one spot further back, in a session dominated by Mercedes and Red Bull.

But Binotto was satisfied with how the team did overall, with Sainz ending up with the most laps completed after 236 tours of the Spanish circuit - a total of 1103km.

Mattia Binotto (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal in the FIA Press Conference. 24.02.2022. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Barcelona, Spain

โ€œWe are happy, first because I think we have done a lot of laps,โ€ Binotto confirmed. โ€œWe have learned from the car, collecting data.

"But I think if you look at the performance of the lap time it is too early days," he cautioned, not wanting to allow expectations to get ahead of them at this point.

โ€œWe are not running all in the same conditions, and I am expecting other cars to be very fast.

โ€œMore for us was to be consistent running, and really try to collect as much data as we could," he explained. "There are still a lot of issues to address or potential to extract."

All the teams will have a short interval to complete their analysis and implement any changes before the full pre-season test at Bahrain next month, just a week before the first Grand Prix of 2022 at the same venue.

"We will be back in Maranello before to go to Bahrain and we have a few days really to look at all the data and try somehow to optimise the current car," Binotto commented.

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