F1: Lewis Hamilton’s back pain a cause for concern for Mercedes Canada

Lewis Hamilton Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022 Mercedes Lewis Hamilton REUTERS / Hamad I Mohammed before the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

BAKU – The seven-time Formula One world champion at Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix after suffering severe back pain in a bouncing car, Mercedes fears Lewis Hamilton may not be fit to race in Canada next weekend.

Britain finished fourth in Baku, after finishing seventh in a race where both Ferrari drivers retired, but it turned out to be a costly affair.

“It was the most painful race, the hardest race I’ve ever felt,” Hamilton told reporters.

Team boss Toto Wolf acknowledges the situation raises concerns.

“He’s really bad,” he told Austrian journalists. “We need to find a solution … I think he’s probably suffered the most from all the drivers.”

Asked if Hamilton was at risk of losing Montreal, Wolfe replied: “Yes, of course. I haven’t seen him and I haven’t spoken to him since, but you can see it’s not muscular anymore.

“I mean, it goes right into the spine and that could have some consequences.”

Hamilton, who put his hand on his back as he got out of the car, compared it to the experience of enduring a four-minute cryotherapy session and said he focused on all the people who depended on him just to score points.

Third-ranked teammate George Russell warned on Saturday that it was only a matter of time before the ‘porposing’ problem caused a major accident.

“I don’t really know what the future holds but I don’t think we can sustain it for three years or as long as these regulations remain in force,” he said.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner, whose drivers ended a one-on-one with Sergio Perez led by world champion Max Verstapen, suggested that opponents could play off the issues to ensure a favorable rule change based on safety.

“I would tell them to worry as much as they could and they could create as big a problem as possible,” he said, referring to what he would say if his drivers suffered similar bounces.

“It simply came to our notice then. It’s as if someone is entering the penalty box.

“It simply came to our notice then. But it is detrimental to the performance of the car. So the easiest thing to do is to complain from a security standpoint, ”he added.

Increasing the height of the car ride will eliminate a lot of bouncing but it will also have a negative effect on performance.

Champion Mercedes is battling bouncing more than most as teams come to terms with the new rules.

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