Lewis Hamilton Discusses Back Injury; Mercedes Star's Status for Canadian GP TBD

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJune 12, 2022

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 12: Fourth placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes climbs from his car after complaining of pain during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 12, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Bryn Lennon - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Bryn Lennon - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton could miss time after dealing with a back injury in Sunday's Azerbaijan GP.

The seven-time Formula One champion finished fourth in the latest race, but it didn't come easy.

"I was just holding and biting down on my teeth due to the pain, and the adrenaline [helped], I cannot express the pain that you experience, particularly on the straight here," Hamilton told Sky Sports after the race (h/t Haydn Cobb of Motorsport).

"At the end you are just praying for it to end," he added.

The superstar was in clear pain getting out of his car:

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said after the race the injury could "definitely" cause Hamilton to miss next week's event in Canada (h/t Jonathan Noble of Motorsport).

"He's really bad," Wolff said of Hamilton. "We have just got to find a solution. At this stage I think he is maybe the worst affected from all drivers. But pretty much everyone, as far as I understood from the drivers, said that something needs to happen."

The bouncing was an issue for several drivers, with a helmet cam from Charles Leclerc showing the extent of the problem.

Mercedes drivers Hamilton and George Russell took the brunt of it, with Hamilton suggesting the team lost over a second per lap because of the bouncing. Max Verstappen cruised to the easy win in Azerbaijan ahead of Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez in second.

Hamilton is now in sixth place after the latest race, 88 points behind Verstappen for first.