Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton backs Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from French Open

And Hamilton said most athletes were “not prepared” for success and that the pressures of fame “weigh heavily on you”. Seven-time champion Hamilton said: “She is an incredible athlete and human being and her activism has been just so impactful. Although Mercedes struggled for competitiveness in Monaco, Verstappen said he believed their car was still the quickest on most tracks. “I do believe they are still on normal tracks ahead of us,” Verstappen said. Hamilton, who was the first to draw public attention to what he called the “bendy” wing on the Red Bull, said he did not want to be drawn further into the controversy.

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