IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 24: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes wipes his face on the grid during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 24, 2022 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton told to “stay at home” if Mercedes car is “too difficult”

AlphaTauri boss and Former F1 driver Franz Tost is tired of hearing drivers complain about the modern cars

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AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost has told Lewis Hamilton and Formula One drivers to “stay at home” if their cars are “too difficult” to drive after consistent complaints of porpoising in the paddock.

The comments come after Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has been persistently vocal about the porpoising issues he and his team have been suffering from since the start of the season. Last week, the seven-time World Champion was pictured struggling to exit his W-13 in Azerbaijan after complaining about back pain during the race.

Tost tired of whinging
AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost | Image Credit: autosport.com

Hamilton, among other drivers, were targeted by AlphaTauri’s team boss Franz Tost when speaking at a press conference.

“These are Formula 1 cars. This is not a Rolls-Royce, and drivers should be aware about this,” said Tost.

“If the cars are too stiff or it’s too difficult for them, maybe they should stay at home in the living room, sitting in the chair, and then they can do the races in TV or where, I don’t know.”

The man who overlooks Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda admitted that he feels for drivers struggling through the porpoising phenomenon, however, he believes the strain and physical difficulty are all part and parcel of motor-racing’s top tier.

“On one hand, I can understand it’s not so easy for them. On the other hand, this is a Formula 1 car,” said the former F1 driver.

​​“I remember back when the ‘wing cars’ were out there, there was a driver coming to me on Sunday evening and says ‘tomorrow I have to go to the dentist because I lose my fillings in the bend because the cars are so hard to drive’. It’s nothing new.

“First of all, the drivers must do more training for the neck muscles and for the gluteus maximus, then this helps for sure.”

In terms of solving the issues of bouncing, Tost remains hesitant about the FIA’s intervention in the aerodynamic phenomenon and how will affect the season.

“How much this can be controlled, I don’t know yet,” said the 66-year-old.

“But at Scuderia AlphaTauri we support the FIA, we will give them the data and then we will see what could be the result.”

Tost’s attention will now be on scoring points in a difficult Canadian Grand Prix as his team start towards the back of the pack with Pierre Gasly starting 15th and Yuki Tsunoda in 20th.

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