Lewis Hamilton left with unbearable back pain and can barely get out of his car in Baku
Lewis Hamilton was seen with unbearable back pain as he got out of his Mercedes after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff even apologized to the seven-time Formula 1 world champion via team radio for the back problems after the race. The porpoising had caused Hamilton’s car to bounce while he was on the Baku straight, causing him to agonizingly shout “Aaaargh my back is killing me!”
Although he was able to claim a fourth place after starting the race seventh, the race had taken its toll on Hamilton and he was seen struggling to get out of the car afterwards.
Footage shows the 37-year-old tensing as he heaves himself out of his car, holding his back as he gets up from his seat before having to stop and hold himself again before getting out of the car. vehicle. He had also complained that his seat had become cold during the race.
Wolff was heard apologizing to Hamilton over team radio after crossing the line at the end of the race, saying: “It’s a bit of a box *** to drive. And sorry for the back problems.
A grateful Hamilton replied: “Well done guys. And well done for the strategy. Thanks for keeping pushing. He managed to get his best result since the season opener in Bahrain after passing Pierre Gasly in the final laps of the race.
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Porpoising has been a major issue for a number of teams this season and involves bouncing cars on the straights.
Despite Mercedes’ problems in Azerbaijan, Wolff and his team were able to celebrate third and fourth place after Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell secured a place on the podium.
Russell took advantage of the forced retirement of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to finish third behind Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
He extended his lead over Carlos Sainz into fourth in the Drivers’ Championship with the finish, while Hamilton remains sixth ahead of fellow Briton Lando Norris.
Both Mercedes will be looking to build on their performances next weekend as the F1 season heads to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.