Pierre Gasly has joined an array of drivers to slam the FIA over the ongoing porpoising issue, after the Frenchman discussed the situation at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The Scuderia AlphaTauri driver had an excellent race at the Baku City Circuit, crossing the line in an impressive 5th place.
Gasly was overtaken by Sir Lewis Hamilton late on in the GP, with the British driver also visibly in pain from the ongoing bouncing.
George Russell, Hamilton and Gasly are the three main figures who have spoken out over the “unhealthy” design flaw with the new regulations.
Russell is concerned that it’s “only a matter of time” until a huge incident is caused by porpoising.
Gasly’s words in Baku would support this claim by Russell, with the French driver admitting something truly terrifying.
“Sometimes the car is moving on its own, just because the steering is shaking,” Gasly revealed.
“At such speed, it’s not easy. I don’t think they can fix something until the end of the year. But hopefully for next year.”
It was confirmed by Gasly that the majority of the twenty drivers have expressed their concerns to Niels Wittich, FIA race director.
The 26-year-old explained how the drivers spines are suffering as a result of the bouncing, due to “literally no suspension”.
“It’s not healthy, that’s for sure,” continued the AlphaTauri driver.
“I’ve had a physio session before and after every session, just because my [spinal] discs are suffering from it.
“You have literally no suspension. It just hits going through your spine.”
Red Bull boss Christian Horner was quick to moan about the drivers expressing their concerns on porpoising, with Red Bull Racing being the only side not to suffer from it.
Horner added in Baku that teams can simply raise the ride height to reduce the problem, however, this would dramatically decrease performance.
Whilst Gasly knows he’s “compromising” his health for performance, he’s insistent that he’ll continue to do so.
“The team is asking me, ‘OK, we can compromise the set-up?’ and I’m compromising my health for the performance,” admitted the Frenchman.
“And I’ll always do it, because I’m a driver and I always go for the fastest car I can.
“But I don’t think FIA should put us in a corner where you got to deal between health and performance,” he said.
“That’s the tricky part of it, and clearly not sustainable. So that’s what we discussed at the drivers’ briefing and kind of alerted them on this problem, and try to ask them to find solutions to save us from ending up with a cane at 30 years old,” Gasly concluded.