Hamilton admits health concern over porpoising as Russell calls for solution

Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have faced some physical challenges as a result of "porpoising" and bouncing this year.

Sir Lewis Hamilton can only hope that he does not suffer any concussions as a result of the aggressive bouncing taking place in his Mercedes.

The Silver Arrows started the year off struggling with “porpoising,” which is caused by aerodynamic deficiencies as some of the teams still try to figure out how best to deal with the ground effect aerodynamics brought in by the new technical regulations.

They appeared to solve it in Spain, but they lowered their ride height too much as a result, and this has led to even worse bouncing in Monaco and Baku.

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Hamilton hobbled away from his car after finished fourth behind team-mate George Russell in Azerbaijan last weekend having taken a beating on his back.

The 37-year-old has been taking medication to deal with the headaches he has been experiencing in recent weeks.

“In terms of micro-concussions, I have definitely been having a lot more headaches in the past couple of months,” said Hamilton.

“But I have not seen a specialist about it so I have not taken it too seriously, I have just taken painkillers so hopefully I don’t have any concussions.”

Team-mate George Russell warned previously of the risk of head trauma as a result of the high volumes of bouncing.

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“When you are travelling at 200mph on the straight, and you are smashing up and down on the ground, for sure you wouldn’t choose to have it that way,” he explained.

“The cars are extremely rigid and they are not meant to be a comfortable ride.”

A study at the University of Glasgow in 2019 showed that 386 of 7,676 of ex-professional footballers examined developed some form of neurodegenerative disease as a result of heading a ball and clashing heads with opponents during aerial challenges.

23,038 people who do not play the game were also examined, and 366 of them were found to suffer the same issues.

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It also concluded that footballers are 3.5 times more likely than non-playing folk to end up with a brain injury later on in their lives.

Slowly but surely, the sport has taken steps to help players avoid suffering head trauma, and Russell believes the pinnacle of motorsport should be doing the same.

“You could compare it to the footballers of the 60s, 70s and 80s when they had the massively heavy footballs,” he added.

“Research was done and analysis was done that there were health consequences for these chaps who headed the ball, and things were changed.

“Formula 1 is the centre of innovation and there is no reason why we cannot find a scientific solution for this.”

Indeed, the FIA are measuring the oscillation of the cars this weekend to use in future races, and exceeding the movement limit set by the governing body could result in disqualification.