Mercedes worry Lewis Hamilton may not be match to race in Canada subsequent weekend after the seven-time Formulation One world champion endured extreme again ache in a bouncing automobile at Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The Briton completed fourth in Baku, after beginning seventh in a race the place each Ferrari drivers retired, nevertheless it got here at a value.
“That was probably the most painful race, the hardest race, I’ve skilled,” Hamilton informed reporters.
Group boss Toto Wolff recognised the scenario raised considerations. “He is actually unhealthy,” the Austrian informed reporters. “We have simply received to discover a answer… I believe he’s possibly the worst affected from all drivers.”
Requested whether or not there is perhaps a danger of Hamilton lacking Montreal, Wolff replied: “Yeah, positively. I have never seen him and I have never spoken to him afterwards, however you possibly can see this isn’t muscular anymore.
“I imply, this goes correctly into the backbone and it could possibly have some penalties.”
Hamilton, who clutched his again as he clambered out of the automobile, likened the expertise to enduring a four-minute cryotherapy session and mentioned he simply targeted on all of the folks relying on him to attain factors.
Teammate George Russell, who completed third, warned on Saturday that it was solely a matter of time earlier than the ‘porpoising’ downside prompted a significant accident.
“I do not actually know what the long run holds however I do not assume we are able to maintain this for 3 years or nonetheless lengthy these laws are in power for,” he mentioned.
Crimson Bull boss Christian Horner, whose drivers completed one-two with world champion Max Verstappen main Sergio Perez, recommended rivals is perhaps over-playing the issues to safe a beneficial rule change on security grounds.
“I would inform them to bitch as a lot as they might and make as massive a problem out of it as they presumably may,” he mentioned when requested what he would inform his drivers in the event that they suffered from comparable bouncing.
“It is a part of the sport. It is like any individual going right into a penalty field. You’ll be able to see it is uncomfortable however there are cures to that. However it’s to the detriment of the automobile efficiency. So the simplest factor to do is to then complain from a security standpoint,” he added.
Elevating the automobile’s trip top would take away a lot of the bouncing however that will additionally negatively impression on efficiency. Champions Mercedes have been struggling greater than most with the bouncing as groups come to phrases with sweeping new laws.