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F1: Lewis Hamilton suffers again ache after Azerbaijan Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton was visibly in ache as he climbed out of his Mercedes (Photograph: Getty)

Lewis Hamilton has described the bodily agony he suffered throughout the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Mercedes’ ‘porpoising’ issues proceed.

Hamilton was voted Driver of the Day after ending fourth in Sunday’s race that was received by Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen after each Ferraris retired via mechanical points.

All through the season the Mercedes W13 has struggled with ‘porpoising’ the place the automotive bounces uncontrollably, one thing that has hindered efficiency and prompted critical discomfort to the drivers.

The difficulty appeared even worse than earlier than on the Baku Road Circuit, with Hamilton admitting throughout the race that his again was in excruciating ache, and on the finish of the race the 37-year-old might be seen struggling to get out of his automotive.

Requested how he managed to battle via the ache, Hamilton instructed Sky Sports activities: ‘Simply biting down on my tooth and simply the adrenaline.

George Russell completed third but in addition complained about again ache (Photograph: Getty)

‘I can’t categorical the ache that you just expertise notably on the straight right here and on the finish you’re simply praying for it to finish.

‘However we’re in such an excellent place nonetheless, third and fourth is a superb end result for the crew. They did a extremely good job with the technique and as soon as we repair this bouncing we’ll be proper there within the race.

‘We’re dropping at the least a second due to the bouncing for certain. I’ll be on the manufacturing facility tomorrow; we’ve received to have some good discussions and maintain pushing.’

Mercedes aren’t alone in affected by ‘porpoising’ with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo additionally highlighting the difficulty over the weekend, and there have been requires regulation modifications that can permit groups to extra simply repair the issue.

Hamilton’s teammate George Russell who completed third added his issues, saying: ‘It undoubtedly wasn’t nice. This was one of many worst circumstances of the season.

‘The straight was so bumpy on the market I don’t actually know what was occurring. Clearly, it’s like a seven-lane motorway in order that most likely didn’t assist maintain issues good and clean.

‘Nobody is saying this to try to get a bonus. The Ferrari drivers and even Max was saying how powerful it’s. It’s not nice for anybody and one thing will occur there’s little question about it.’

With the following race in Canada only a week away nonetheless, it appears unlikely that there will probably be a lot of a turnaround earlier than then, however Russell stays assured that when it’s solved, he and Hamilton can problem the frontrunners.

‘I understand how succesful and nice Lewis is and I do know as soon as we’ve received the automotive, he’s going to be a complete new beast,’ the 24-year-old added.

‘We’re so fixated on fixing these points we’ve not been in a position to work on attempting to maximise a race weekend and specializing in our driving however as soon as we get an excellent automotive beneath us the true Lewis Hamilton will probably be on the market and preventing robust.’


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