Wolff feared Hamilton’s back pain could take him out of Canadian GP

Hamilton was seen stumbling away from his Mercedes after finishing fourth in Sunday’s Azerbaijan GP, ​​with his back taking a beating from the excessive bounce and bottoming out.

Afterwards, the seven-time champion said he couldn’t express how much pain he endured during the race, as he was sometimes forced to grit his teeth to overcome his pain.

“I was just holding my teeth and biting my teeth because of the pain and the adrenaline [helped],” he told Sky

Wolff said the magnitude of Hamilton’s discomfort after the race showed that the problems his driver was dealing with were out of the norm as he expressed some concern about what the Briton was going through.

“He’s really bad,” Wolff said. “We just have to find a solution. At this stage I think he may be the hardest hit of all the drivers. But as far as I understood from the drivers, pretty much everyone said something had to be done.”

When asked if there were concerns that Hamilton’s pain could even put him in a situation where he would not be able to race in Canada next weekend, Wolff replied: “Yes, definitely. I haven’t seen him and haven’t spoken to him since, but you can tell this isn’t muscular anymore.

“I mean, this is going well in the spine and can have some consequences.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG, at Parc Ferme

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG, at Parc Ferme

Photo By: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Mercedes always brings a reserve driver to races, who would normally be one of the Formula E drivers Stoffel Vandoorne or Nyck de Vries, and agreed it made sense to have someone in case there were problems for Hamilton in Montreal .

“I don’t think this is just Lewis’s problem,” Wolff added. “He’s probably the hardest hit. But generally it also affects George and many others.

“The solution could be to have someone on reserve, who we have at every race anyway, to make sure our cars are running.”

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