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Toto Wolff: “The FIA ​​has no choice but to do something about porpoising”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes the FIA ​​has no choice but to do something about the bouncing F1 cars because it also poses health risks to the drivers.

Since this season, the ground effect has returned to Formula 1 and that has also brought back the problem of so-called porpoising. If the airflow under the cars gets too fast, the ground effect suddenly disappears and quickly returns, causing the cars to start bouncing on the straights.

Everyone suffers from porpoising, but some teams already have the problem under control better than others. However, the FIA ​​has decided that from the GP of Belgium there will be extra measures to tackle the problem and not everyone is happy about that.

At Mercedes they have struggled with the problem since the start of the season and it will come as no surprise that team boss Toto Wolff supports the FIA’s decision but emphasizes that he is not concerned about the poor performance of his team but for the safety of the drivers.

It’s very simple, Wolff told Motorsport.com. We’ve always said we could either do nothing or do the right thing. Trying to leave things alone or have teams lobbying for or against, it’s all irrelevant.

The FIA ​​says it does not want a situation like in the National Football League (NFL), Wolff continues. In the world of American Football, more and more evidence is emerging that former players suffer from brain damage due to the impacts they receive on their heads in the sport.

The FIA ​​simply has no choice but to do something. We have, the FIA ​​has it, medical analysis that proves that if you endure one or two Hertz for minutes, there can be long-term brain damage, Wolff concludes.

Last week, Alpha Tauri driver Pierre Gasly already noted that he had to go to hospital for a check-up after the Azerbaijan GP and Lewis Hamilton also thought the bumpy street circuit of Baku was terrible. The seven-time world champion also said two months ago that he has been struggling with headaches since the start of the season.

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