Hamilton could develop BRAIN DAMAGE due to porpoising, Wolff reveals

Lewis Hamilton could develop BRAIN DAMAGE due to porpoising, warns Toto Wolff, as the seven-time champion continues to struggle with his bouncing Mercedes despite an upturn in results

  • Toto Wolff believes Lewis Hamilton is prone to brain damage due to porpoising 
  • Mercedes have endured bouncing cars all season due to FIA regulation changes 
  • Hamilton has won five successive podiums since switching to smoother tracks 
  • The FIA are expected to make minor tweaks to the rules before the Belgian GP 

Lewis Hamilton could be left with brain damage as a result of his porpoising Mercedes, according to team principal Toto Wolff.

The seven-time F1 champion has struggled with a bouncing car all season alongside his Mercedes team-mate George Russell, causing the team to fall behind in the championship race to Red Bull and Ferrari. 

Porpoising has lessened in recent weeks thanks to smoother tracks in Canada, Britain, Austria, France and Hungary, helping Hamilton claim five successive podium finishes.

Lewis Hamilton could develop brain damage due to porpoising, principal Toto Wolff reveals

The new 2022 rule changes have magnified porpoising issues in F1, affecting Mercedes and other constructors on the circuit. 

Wolff said: ‘I still believe that the FIA and all of us must do something about it.

‘Frequencies of 1 to 1 hertz that last for a few minutes can cause brain damage. We have 6 to 7 hertz for several hours.’

The Mercedes chief has implored the FIA to make major changes during F1’s summer break

Hamilton performed better on the smoother tracks and has claimed five successive podiums

The FIA are expected to make minor changes to the rules during the summer break, as F1 is put on hold for four weeks ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix in late August.

Although the regulation tweaks will reduce porpoising, Red Bull and Ferrari – who have largely managed to avoid major bouncing so far – are less keen on the decision, potentially set to lose a speed advantage over their rivals as a result.

Hamilton currently sits sixth in the drivers’ standings, 10 points behind Carlos Sainz and 12 behind Mercedes team-mate Russell.

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