Toto Wolff raises ‘mind injury’ fears for F1 drivers after Lewis Hamilton complaints | F1 | Sport

Toto Wolff has known as on the FIA to make extra adjustments to deal with porpoising issues to cease drivers from struggling mind injury. He claims drivers might undergo because of the depth of the bouncing seen at a number of tracks this season.

It comes after Lewis Hamilton was seen clutching his again in ache when stepping out of the automobile on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Wolff mentioned: “I nonetheless consider that the FIA and all of us should do one thing about it.

“Frequencies of 1 to 1 hertz that final for a couple of minutes could cause mind injury. Now we have 6 to 7 hertz for a number of hours.” Nevertheless, Mercedes rivals have hit again at Wolff’s push, claiming the porpoising points haven’t been as dangerous in latest races.

Crimson Bull boss Christian Horner claimed he “didn’t see any points” on the French Grand Prix or over the previous three or 4 races. He blasted the FIA for getting concerned within the debate, stressing it was not their obligation to make sure Mercedes had been nonetheless aggressive.

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Nevertheless, Wolff rejected his rivals and denied that extra assist is required to deal with the issue. He defined: “That (argument) would not depend as a result of Silverstone, Paul Ricard and Austria aren’t precisely tracks we bounce that a lot on anyway.

“I do not wish to come to Spa or a number of the later races the place the observe is not as clean as a traditional racetrack and we did not do something about it. There’s all this discuss lobbying in each instructions, however what are we speaking about right here anyway?”

The FIA will deliver into drive new guidelines to deal with porpoising issues on the Belgian Grand Prix with a brand new minimal oscillation take a look at. The governing physique are additionally anticipated to boost the flooring by a minimal of 25mm for subsequent season’s rules to assist counter the difficulty.

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Nevertheless, Horner has hit again at their choice, claiming it was already too late to vary the rules when designs for subsequent yr had already been finalised. He added: “So I believe there simply must be a commonsense resolution, not rewriting the rulebook for subsequent yr at a degree of the yr, with price range caps the place they’re, which is simply too late.

“I believe it’s truly a good greater concern for a number of the smaller groups that fairly merely wouldn’t have the assets to have the ability to react.”

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