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Toto Wolff has expressed concerns about the health impacts of porpoising on drivers, a phenomenon that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. 

The quite violent bouncing effect has been evident from preseason and makes an already demanding sport even more physically challenging, especially over a race distance. 

George Russell (head of the GPDA) has already spoken about addressing porpoising, arguing that it is unsustainable for drivers to be subject to such vertical loads on their bodies. 

Toto Wolff has echoed this sentiment, speaking to gpfans about some of his concerns:

"We are seeing cars that don't have the issue [porpoising] and others that have it worse. Clearly, I can talk for two of our drivers. 

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They are having issues, and it goes to a point that even a physio can't fix it sometimes. 

So we need to see how it develops and understand also why it is much tougher on some cars than in others."


It is true that porpoising is not the same across different teams, but F1 would be wise to investigate the long-term impacts of drivers competing under such conditions. 

The consequences of head injuries have been well documented and researched in other sports, and whilst it would be premature to jump to any extreme conclusions, it seems plausible that the impacts of porpoising should be further investigated and taken seriously. 

F1 seems a long way from changing the regulations to eliminating porpoising entirely. Still, there is mounting pressure for a response to what is becoming a persistent problem for the drivers.