Wolff: F1 can’t risk an ‘NFL situation’ by doing nothing about the porpoise.


Mercedes F1 boss Wolff saw his team face some of the worst rebounding problems of the season, including in Baku, where Lewis Hamilton was seen clutching his back after getting out of the car at the end of the race .

Wolff warned that the FIA ​​could not ignore data indicating the possible dangers of rebounds, pointing to medical research carried out on American football players regarding head injuries from repetitive impacts during their careers.

« It’s very simple: we’ve always said we can either do nothing or do the right thing, » Wolff said in an interview with Autosport.

“We have, and the FIA ​​has, you can ask them, medical analysis, that frequencies of one or two hertz over several minutes can lead to long-term brain damage. We have six to seven hertz over several hours.

« The FIA ​​has no choice but to do something, and I think trying to leave things alone, or having teams pushing for or against, is completely out of order.

“This is a medical question that needs to be answered. And these reports are a reality and they are facts. I don’t think the FIA ​​gang will allow themselves to be manipulated one way or the other.

“The GPDA gave their statements, the pilots gave their statements on an anonymous form. The relevant specialists and doctors have been consulted, and the result is that it is not good for the long-term effect.

« The FIA ​​says they don’t want to have an NFL situation. »

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem wrote on Twitter earlier this week that updated technical regulations for 2023 had been sent to the World Motor Sport Council, although it was unclear if an agreement had been reached. concluded with the teams regarding floor changes.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said in France that the « lobbying » to change the rules for 2023 was to help a « certain team », alluding to Mercedes.

But Wolff said he saw the pressure to make the changes « very differently » from previous efforts to secure rules breaks, and that Mercedes’ recent upsurge in form – including their first pole of the season in Hungary thanks to George Russell – is no reason to abandon efforts to change the rules because of the significant safety issue at hand.

« You could say that today it looks like we’ve figured out our car, we’re on top – we’ve got pole, don’t change a thing, » Wolff said.

« It’s irrelevant, because it’s a bouncing and porpoising frequency that’s bad for pilots. We don’t understand and can’t even relate what it is like to be tossed about in these cars.

“Do we have and have all the teams got the upper hand? Maybe. Maybe not. We have not been on a twisty trail.

“Do we have to take any precautions for next year? Yes of course. »

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