In the debate about bouncing Formula 1 cars, the motorsport’s world governing body FiA feels compelled to take action.

According to a statement on Thursday, “in the interest of safety”, racing teams are required to “reduce or eliminate this phenomenon”. This decision was made “after consultation with the doctors”. The teams are now to make “the necessary adjustments” for this. In addition to short-term technical measures on the cars, the FiA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) will also convene a meeting with the teams to define further steps to ensure that the problems can no longer occur permanently.

“In a sport where competitors routinely drive at speeds in excess of 300 km/h, it is considered that a driver’s entire concentration must be focused on this task,” the statement said. Excessive fatigue or pain on the part of a driver could have significant consequences. In addition, Fia had “concerns about the immediate physical impact on the health of drivers”, some of whom had recently reported back pain.

Hamilton struggles to get out of the car

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton suffered most of all. Shortly after the end of the race in Baku last Sunday, TV pictures showed the 37-year-old apparently struggling to get out of his car. He said he “gritted his teeth” because of the headache and back pain and made it to the finish thanks to the adrenaline.

A number of other drivers also reported similar experiences. The technical problem is caused by the cars, which have been heavily modified for this season. At high speed, the cars are pressed to the ground on the straights until they briefly touch the asphalt and are thus pushed up again. The drivers are shaken violently again and again.