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Why FIA intervention on porpoising is good and bad news for Mercedes

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Why FIA intervention on porpoising is good and bad news for Mercedes

As the team that has faced the biggest challenge in taming the bouncing of its W13 car, anything that helps get rid of the phenomenon would appear to be something it could gain from.

For if all teams are forced to run in a setup window where porpoising is not a risk, then it could help level up the playing field a bit.

This was why Red Bull team principal Christian Horner suggested after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that any rule change to intervene on this front would be ‘unfair’ to those teams that were not suffering from the problem.

But dig deeper in to what the FIA is planning and it appears that the governing body is approaching things slightly differently from how Horner may have feared.

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In fact, the possibility is there for the FIA to impose limits that may actually hinder rather than help Mercedes’ competitive fortunes in the short term.

A critical message in the FIA announcement is that it is seeking to produce a metric – based on the car’s vertical acceleration loads – that will help define an acceptable level of bouncing in the future.

While the final details of what motor racing’s governing body is planning to do have not been made public, the first step is a pure data gathering exercise.

From first practice at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, the FIA will be taking telemetry data and undertaking a closer technical evaluation of the cars and their behaviour to better understand the impact of porpoising. This work will include looking at the planks and skids below the cars.

With that data in the system, a strict G-force and/or frequency limit will then be imposed on cars out on track to ensure that no driver has to suffer the kind of battering that Lewis Hamilton so painfully endured in Baku.

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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With such a bouncing limit in place, those teams able to run their car low to the ground without the bouncing would have to change nothing to comply with such a metric. However, for any outfit that is enduring issues as it gets its car closer to the ground, it could be a competitive headache.

For if the FIA has a metric that stipulates a maximum tolerance for bouncing and hitting the ground, any team being too aggressive with its setup, and pushing it into an area where its car is porpoising, could be forced to make changes to dial it out.

That could mean moving the car out of its ideal setup window – and that could mean sacrificing lap time to ensure compliance with the rules and guaranteeing that drivers are not suffering the ill-effects of porpoising.

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Those drivers struggling with the most with porpoising right now could find themselves with a very smooth ride soon with the bouncing gone, but at the expense of lap time that could move them down the order.

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Yet while there could be some short-term pain for those teams that have not got to grips with the porpoising problem, the likelihood is also of better solutions being put in place for 2023 and beyond.

Russell’s complaints over the Baku weekend were more aimed at F1 looking at whether it wanted porpoising to remain an issue for the sport over the next few years.

And the FIA has indeed suggested that efforts will now be made with the teams to help find ways to eradicate it.

The governing body wants a meeting with the teams to ‘define measures that will reduce the propensity of cars to exhibit such phenomena in the medium term.’

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The idea is for F1 to move beyond the need for a maximum limit of bouncing and instead offering tweaks to the F1 rules to help banish the risk of porpoising for the new generation of cars completely.

This could be delivered through more freedom of suspension technology, even a return to F1 of active suspension, or perhaps even making mass dampers legal again.

It is the lack of such suspension tools amid the current 2022 rules that has been a factor in Mercedes struggling to tame the W13 – so any assistance on this front longer term would certainly be welcome to the German car manufacturer as it bids to get back to the front of the grid.

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2022 Assen MotoGP

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2022 Assen MotoGP

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia will start the race from pole position as he aims to bounce back from two straight retirements that have all but ended his chances of winning the title.

Fresh from his dominant performance at the Sachsenring, championship leader Fabio Quartararo will line up second on the Yamaha, while Pramac’s Jorge Martin will complete the front row.

Marco Bezzecchi qualified an excellent fourth for VR46 ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who remains the chief rival to Quartararo in the title fight.

What time does the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix start today?

The Dutch GP will begin at 2pm local time (+2 GMT) at the TT Circuit in Assen.

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The race will run to 26 laps.

  • Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022
  • Start time: 12:00 GMT / 13:00 BST / 14:00 CEST / 14:00 SAST / 15:00 EAT / 08:00 ET / 05:00 PT / 22:00 AEST / 21:00 JST / 17:30 IST

Can’t find your country or region in the list? Check the MotoGP schedule page for the broadcast times in your local timezone.

2022 MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix session timings

Session

GMT

BST

CEST

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ET

PT

AEST

JST

IST

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FP1

07:55

08:55

09:55

03:55

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00:55

17:55

16:55

13:25

FP2

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12:10

13:10

14:10

08:10

05:10

22:10

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21:10

17:40

FP3

07:55 08:55 09:55

03:55

00:55

17:55

16:55

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13:25

FP4

11:30 12:30 13:30

07:30

04:30

21:30

20:30

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17:00

Qualifying

12:10

13:10

14:10

08:10

05:10

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22:10

21:10

17:40

Warm up

07:40

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08:40

09:40

03:40

00:40

17:40

16:40

13:10

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Race 

12:00

13:00

14:00

08:00

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05:00

22:00

21:00

17:30

How can I watch Dutch MotoGP?

Europe:

  • Spain: DAZN
  • UK: BT Sport
  • France: Canal+
  • Germany and Austria: ServusTV/DAZN
  • Italy: Sky Sport
  • Hungary: Spiler TV
  • Netherlands: Ziggo Sport (new for 2022)
  • Portugal: Sport TV

Asia:

  • Japan: G+/Hulu
  • Thailand: SPOTV (new for 2022)
  • India: Eurosport
  • Indonesia: Trans7
  • Malaysia and Singapore: SPOTV (new for 2022)
  • China: Guangdong Television 
  • South Korea: SPOTV (new for 2022)

Americas

  • USA: CNBC
  • Canada: REV TV
  • Brazil: Fox Sports
  • Argentina: ESPN+

Oceania

  • Australia: Fox Sports
  • New Zealand: Spark Sport

Africa

  • Sub-Saharan Africa – SuperSport / Canal+

Dutch MotoGP – Starting grid:

Cla   Nº   Rider   Bike   Time   Gap
1 63  Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1’31.504
2 20  Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1’31.620 0.116
3 89  Jorge Martín Ducati 1’31.708 0.204
4 72  Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1’31.796 0.292
5 41  Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 1’31.868 0.364
6 43  Jack Miller Ducati 1’32.124 0.620
7 Johann Zarco Ducati 1’32.175 0.671
8 88  Miguel Oliveira KTM 1’32.272 0.768
9 42  Alex Rins Suzuki 1’32.307 0.803
10 33  Brad Binder KTM 1’32.367 0.863
11 12  Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1’32.424 0.920
12 30  Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1’32.967 1.463
13 10  Luca Marini Ducati 1’32.787 1.283
14 36  Joan Mir Suzuki 1’32.898 1.394
15 49  Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1’32.912 1.408
16 23  Enea Bastianini Ducati 1’33.005 1.501
17 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1’33.009 1.505
18 Stefan Bradl Honda 1’33.029 1.525
19 87  Remy Gardner KTM 1’33.093 1.589
20 21  Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1’33.096 1.592
21 73  Álex Márquez Honda 1’33.113 1.609
22 32  Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1’33.467 1.963
23 25  Raúl Fernández KTM 1’33.652 2.148
24 40  Darryn Binder Yamaha 1’33.998 2.494

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Dog Runs onto Field During Chile vs. Venezuela 2022 Women’s International Friendly

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Dog Runs onto Field During Chile vs. Venezuela 2022 Women’s International Friendly

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An international friendly between the women’s national teams of Venezuela and Chile had an invader take over the pitch during the first half of their Saturday match. However, it wasn’t a person.

A dog ran onto the pitch in the 37th minute, making friends with members of both teams and even the referee. While Venezuela went on to win 1-0, the unexpected pitch invader was undoubtedly the star of the show.

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DOG ON THE PITCH 🤗

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This actually isn’t the first time a dog has invaded the pitch during a Venezuelan soccer game. Back in 2016, a dog interrupted a game between men’s teams Pumas UNAM and Deportivo Tachira.

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GRANDE @gera_alcoba5, tratando al perrito con respeto para sacarlo del campo.#LibertadoresEnFD 🐶 💗 pic.twitter.com/8rBf084Srv

While it isn’t something we see too often, this does bring up memories of when a cat ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium last year during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.

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NCAA baseball: OU Sooners vs. Ole Miss Rebels score, College World Series live updates

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NCAA baseball: OU Sooners vs. Ole Miss Rebels score, College World Series live updates

The Oklahoma Sooners face the Mississippi Rebels in Game 1 of the championship series of the NCAA baseball College World Series on Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska. Here’s what you need to know about the best-of-three series:

How to watch OU vs. Ole Miss

Game 1: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Neb.

TV: ESPN

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Radio: 99.3 FM/1400 AM KREF

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OU vs. Mississippi, Game 1 live updates

Follow along for updates throughout the game.

Top first: Rebels strike first

Ole Miss claimed a 2-0 lead via an RBI single from Kevin Graham and a fielding error by OU’s Peyton Graham.

Top second: Rebels tack on another run

An RBI single by Justin Bench extended Ole Miss’ lead to 3-0.

Top third: Tim Elko goes yard

Tim Elko launched a 352-foot leadoff home run that gave Ole Miss a 4-0 lead.

Bottom sixth: Sooners cut the deficit in half

OU trimmed the deficit to 4-2 runs via a throwing error and a bases-loaded walk.

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Top eighth: Rebels hold a home run derby

Ole Miss hit back-to-back-to-back home runs to make it an 8-2 contest. TJ McCants, Calvin Harris and Bench were the three contributors.

Bottom eighth: Sooners tack one on

Blake Robertson trimmed the deficit to 8-3 with an RBI single to right field.

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