August 20, 2022

The seven-time world champion said the race in Azerbaijan was the “most painful” of his career due to his car’s big bounces; after the race weekend, his team principal, Toto Wolff, said he had a doubt for the Canadian GP; Hamilton took to social media on Monday to give an update on his fitness

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Lewis Hamilton was clearly in pain getting out of his car after his Mercedes suffered further rebounding issues in Azerbaijan, prompting Toto Wolff to apologize to him.

Lewis Hamilton was clearly in pain getting out of his car after his Mercedes suffered further rebounding issues in Azerbaijan, prompting Toto Wolff to apologize to him.

Lewis Hamilton says he will drive at the Canadian GP this weekend and “won’t miss it for the world”, despite the back pain he suffered in Azerbaijan.

After Sunday’s race in Baku ended, Hamilton said the pain he felt from his car bouncing meant he was praying for the end of the race.

With back-to-back race weekends and practice in Montreal starting Friday, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said the seven-time world champion was “certainly” at risk of missing the race.

Hamilton himself took to social media on Monday morning to provide a further update. He said he was “sore and bruised” but would hit the track in Canada this weekend.

The seven-time world champion said he was praying for the end of the race in Baku after suffering severe back pain.

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The seven-time world champion said he was praying for the end of the race in Baku after suffering severe back pain.

The seven-time world champion said he was praying for the end of the race in Baku after suffering severe back pain.

“Hello everyone,” Hamilton said on his Instagram channel in a story on Monday morning.

“Yesterday was tough and I had some trouble sleeping but I woke up feeling positive today. Back is a bit sore and bruised but nothing serious luckily.

“I had acupuncture and physiotherapy with Ang and am on my way to my team to work with them on improving [the car]. We must continue to fight. There’s no better time than the present to pull yourself together and we will.

“I’ll be there this weekend, I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I wish everyone an amazing day and week.”

Watch Azerbaijan GP highlights from Baku City Circuit

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Hamilton: Adrenaline drove me to the checkered flag

Hamilton said he needed to have acupuncture and physiotherapy on his back after the race

Hamilton said he needed to have acupuncture and physiotherapy on his back after the race

In Baku, Hamilton had experienced service discomfort during practice and qualifying and before the race the Mercedes driver had warned that he was worried about missing out on the race.

After 51 laps of the Baku circuit, Hamilton earned valuable points for Mercedes by finishing fourth, but struggled to get out of his car at the end and said he was only able to reach the checkered flag thanks adrenaline.

“That’s the only thing,” Hamilton said. “I bite my teeth from the pain and just adrenaline.

“I can’t express the pain you feel, especially on the straight here. In the end, you just pray for this to end.”

I don’t know what the solution is to be honest. The majority of us are in the same boat either you have porpoises and the car bounces and hits the ground or you don’t and you have to roll the car a few millimeters off the ground and you hit the ground turn after turn. Whatever boat you’re in, it’s not pleasant.

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Teammate George Russell, who finished one place ahead of Hamilton, thinks there needs to be broader conversations about rebounding and porpoising issues.

“You just smash the ground with every turn and turn for an hour and a half, it’s pretty brutal. I’m going to sleep well tonight. It’s a circuit that’s normally not so physical [too].

“It’s just what we have to deal with and experience at the moment, and what we as drivers have to expect.”

The first practice for the Canadian GP in Montreal takes place on Friday with full coverage of the weekend, live on Sky Sports F1. Coverage of the Canadian GP begins at 5.30pm BST on Sunday evening with lights out at 7pm.