The day after a statement from Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff that his driver Lewis Hamilton could miss the Canadian Grand Prix, the main prospect was rather reassuring.
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The seven-time world champion said on his Instagram account yesterday that he would not miss this race “for anything”.
Hamilton was arguably the driver most affected by the ‘porpoise’ phenomenon in Baku on Sunday.
The single-seaters introduced this year suffer from a problem of extreme jumping on the straights.
The Brit took a longer break before stepping out of the car at the end of what he called “the most difficult race of his career”.
But in favor of acupuncture and physical treatments, Hamilton says he’s feeling a lot better.
“I have bruises, my back is a bit sore and bruised but it’s nothing serious,” he said on social media.
The 37-year-old claimed that at one point in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix he had to slow down on the straight to avoid a possible loss of control of his car.
“Going into a wall at 180 mph, he continued, is obviously a cause for concern. For the last 10 laps I had to grit my teeth and hope everything went well. I was just looking forward to seeing the checkered flag.”
Hamilton has turned Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve into a veritable playground, having seven wins at Montreal (like Michael Schumacher), including his first in Formula 1 in 2007.
Lafleur and Villeneuve honored
The Canadian Grand Prix is expected to hold a press conference this week (the date was not announced yesterday) to pay tribute to hockey player Guy Lafleur (who died on April 22-25).e anniversary of his conquest of the world championship title in F1.
Villeneuve will be present and we also want to count on the participation of the two sons of the Habs legend, Martin and Mark.
In addition, the inscriptions “Salut Gilles” and “Salut Guy 10” will be visible on the track near the start and finish lines.
Gilles Villeneuve, winner of the inaugural Canadian Grand Prix presented in Montreal in 1978, and Lafleur, considered two of the greatest sports personalities in Canadian history, had become friends at the height of their respective careers.