Ricciardo, Hill and Herbert warn about the health risks of bouncing

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It’s not just the Mercedes drivers who are warning about the dangers of excessive bouncing, but others also think it could lead to potential health risks.

The excessive bouncing of Formula 1 cars has become such a problem for many teams on the grid in 2022, that some are suggesting the FIA needs to step in to stop it.

While Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have been very vocal about this, there are others too who are troubled by the issue.

One of those drivers is McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo.

“Yeah, we do [bouncing],” Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1.

“Certainly the wind or something changed, but it got worse and worse. I sympathise with everyone that’s had it now because it’s bad. Like I genuinely feel rattled, so I’ll definitely help out when people talk about it.

“I feel like, you know in pro basketball when players bounce the ball really low? That’s what I felt like someone was doing to my helmet.

“I know George [Russell] has been vocal about it not [being] sustainable and I genuinely feel rattled, like shook. It’s definitely not good.


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“Hopefully we can figure it out. When I say it’s not good, it’s just not good for our general health and wellbeing.

“It’s not normal, like the high-frequency loads we get. I’m probably more shook because it’s the first time I’ve truly felt probably what some others feel.

“I know watching the onboards it looks bad, especially the Mercedes, and I now feel what they feel, I believe, because it definitely felt bad,” Ricciardo concluded.

The problem was never more evident than at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, when Lewis Hamilton had trouble getting out of his car after the race, due to back pain.

Afterwards, 1996 Formula 1 champion Damon Hill has warned about the possible health consequences of bouncing.

“The thing I’m thinking about is that if you keep doing that to your head, you’ll get some sort of concussion,” the Briton said.

“In other words, it’s a mild thing but his head is banging the whole way around the circuit. It’s just not an ideal state of play at all.



“Apart from that, [Hamilton] has probably scuffed a bit of skin off his lower back,” Hill concluded.

Former F1 driver, and Hill’s fellow Sky Sports F1 pundit, Johnny Herbert agreed that something needs to be done.

“It’s a horrible frequency that Mercedes is doing as well compared to a Red Bull,” Herbert said.

“It’s a very high-pitched one and I think it’s really hammering on that back. It’s a horrible frequency for the head, but also for the back at the same time.

“They have got to do something – they can’t expect Lewis and George to go through this year suffering the way they are at the moment.

“They have got to make those drivers get through a whole season and their careers,” the Briton concluded.

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