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Hamilton Puts Pain Behind Him To Race In Montreal

15/06/22

- Grant Whittington

British motorsports champion Lewis Hamilton says he anticipates being good and ready to race in this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix. Hamilton experienced intense pain in his back during Sunday’s race in Azerbaijan, which initially cast a shadow of doubt over the coming weekend’s proceedings.

Both Hamilton and teammate George Russell suffered heavily as a result of ongoing porpoising issues with their cars. This caused their cars to bounce off the track due to recently implemented aerodynamic rules and regulations.

Upon exiting the cockpit of his Mercedes after the 51 laps raced in Baku, Hamilton could be seen struggling to walk. He had previously been heard complaining about his back over the team radio.

Most Pain Ever Endured

The Brit later explained how Baku had been the most painful race he had ever experienced. He said while adrenaline had undoubtedly seen him through, the pain had been so intense that he had been biting on his teeth.

While team principal Toto Wolff had expressed concern about Hamilton’s possible absence from the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, the Brit later took to Instagram to dispel those worries. He said he had had physio and acupuncture and felt good to go and help his team improve ahead of the next race.

Ahead of a visit to Mercedes’ Brackley factory on Monday following a fourth-place finish in Baku, Hamilton spoke about the importance of keeping up the fight. He said he believes in the team’s capacity to “pull it together”.

On the weekend, Wolff had apologised to the seven-time world champion for the ongoing problems experienced with the cars.

Russell, meanwhile, who finished third at Baku, described the race as a “brutal” affair. Russell finished behind Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez – this after both Ferrari’s cars posted a disappointing DNF (Did Not Finish) result.

Hamilton A Voice Of Reason

In other F1 news, Hamilton on Tuesday took to social media to defend Rwandan-Belgian racing driver and broadcaster Naomi Schiff.

Schiff first joined Sky Sports F1 team at the beginning of 2022. A post showing her clad in her W Series racing suit recently attracted negative comments on Twitter, together with questions regarding her suitability for broadcasting the sport.

Hamilton came to Schiff’s defense by labelling her a fine asset since joining the broadcasting team. He said since she herself is a former professional racing driver, she is more than qualified to give her opinion on a public platform.

His words were later hailed a “voice of reason” freelance F1 journalist Claire Cottingham.

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