‘It looks terrible and feels 100 times worse’: Lewis Hamilton admits he has back pain and faces race to get fit for Montreal after being seen nursing injury after another miserable race in Azerbaijan
- Lewis Hamilton has released an update on his fitness after the Azerbaijan GP
- The Briton was seen holding his lower back as he got out of his car after the race
- He admitted he needed to ‘work hard’ to be ready to race in Canada
Lewis Hamilton admits he needs “recovery and hard work” to overcome a back problem after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The Briton appeared to be in pain after the race in Baku as he had to be helped out of his car by Mercedes staff.
Lewis Hamilton has provided an update on the extent of his back injury
The 37-year-old was seen clutching his lower back as he walked away from his vehicle, and even in later media interviews his hand remained behind him.
“There were a lot of moments where I didn’t know if I was going to be successful and if I was going to be able to keep the car on track,” Hamilton said after the race.
“It was the most painful and difficult race I have experienced.
“I was holding and biting my teeth because of the pain. The adrenaline helped, but I can’t express the pain you’re feeling, especially on the straight here. I was just praying for it to end.
And confirming the extent of the pain on Sunday evening, Hamilton took to Instagram to deliver a message to his followers.
“Seeing online that a lot of people are worried about me how awful it was there,” he wrote.
The 37-year-old could be seen being helped out of his Mercedes vehicle after Sunday’s race
“It means so much that so many of you are sending love. I’ll be honest [sic] looks terrible and feels 100 times worse.
“Definitely recovery and hard work with the team to do before Montreal to overcome this obstacle. I already feel better, however, and I have motivated my [sic] to keep pushing. See you next week.’
Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, finished fourth after starting seventh on the grid but there is a real danger he could not compete in Canada next weekend.
“He’s really bad,” said team manager Toto Wolff after the race. ‘You can see it’s no longer muscular. It goes well in the spine and this can have consequences.
The seven-time world champion still held his back as he spoke to the media
“The solution could be to have someone in reserve, which we have anyway at every race.
Porpoising – a new phenomenon introduced to cars for the 2022 season that causes them to bounce off their suspension at high speeds – has caused problems for a number of F1 drivers this season, including Hamilton.
The Mercedes driver has so far failed to launch a meaningful bid for an eighth world championship and currently sits sixth in the drivers standings, 88 points behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.