‘It’s KILLING me’: Lewis Hamilton gives Mercedes an injury scare as he climbs out his car holding his back after finishing fourth in Baku to make him a doubt for the Canadian Grand Prix next week, with bouncing Mercedes causing the Brit pain

Lewis Hamilton could be forced to miss next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix with back pain which left the British driver ‘praying’ for Sunday’s race in Azerbaijan to end. ‘There were a lot of moments when I didn’t know whether I was going to make it and if I was going to be able to keep the car on track,’ said Hamilton. On the eve of Sunday’s race, Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell, who finished third, called the new generation of F1 cars ‘dangerous’ and a ‘recipe for disaster’. Hamilton was assessed by his physio, the New Zealander Angela Cullen, after Sunday’s race. Hamilton has finished behind Russell at every round since the first race, and is 37 points behind him in the standings. Although driving the same machinery, Russell, 13 years Hamilton’s junior, did not appear to have any back complaints as he celebrated his third podium in Mercedes colours.

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