Lewis Hamilton finished fourth at the Azerbaijan GP in Baku but looked in severe pain after the race
Amidst speculations that Hamilton will miss the Canadian GP due to a back injury, the driver himself seems confident that he will be fit in time. Hamilton took to social media to confirm that he is feeling better physically. The Canadian GP is set to take place from 17-19 June.
The seven-time world champion suffered back pain from severe porpoising and bottoming out in his Mercedes car during Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix and described the race as the “most painful” he had ever experienced.
Hamilton was seen holding his lower back as he struggled out of his car and hobbled away after completing the race in Baku. “I was just biting down on my teeth in pain. Adrenaline was the only thing that got me through 51 laps“, he later said.
However, Hamilton insists that he will not miss the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.”Even when it’s painful, still we rise. Thanks for the love, see you all next week“, he wrote on social media.
Hamilton said he was feeling better following treatment from his physiotherapist. “Yesterday was tough and had some troubles sleeping but have woke up feeling positive today,” he said on Monday.
He further added, “(My) back is a little sore and bruised but nothing serious thankfully. I’ve had acupuncture and physio with Ang (Angela Cullen) and am on the way to my team to work with them on improving. We have to keep fighting. No time like the present to pull together and we will. I’ll be there this weekend, wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff is still doubtful about Hamilton’s availability
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has declared Lewis Hamilton doubtful to race in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. Stoffel Vandoorne, the Belgian who spent two seasons at McLaren, and Formula E champion Nyck de Vries, are Mercedes’ two options if Hamilton is not fit.
‘Yes, definitely’, said Wolff, when asked if there is a danger Hamilton, 37, will not be able to compete in Montreal.
Wolff further clarified, “He is really bad. You can see this is not muscular anymore. It goes properly into the spine and it can have some consequences. The solution could be to have someone on reserve, which we anyway have at every race.”
It would be interesting to see how things eventually turn out in Montreal!
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