Formula 1 Grand Prix: “The most difficult race of my life”

Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth in the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix, 71 seconds behind winner Max Verstappen, admitted today had the most grueling race of his career.

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The seven-time world champion, who is well behind this year, took a long time to get out of his Mercedes after a course that left him physically injured.

“It’s the most difficult race of my life,” he said on French channel Canal+. I had never felt such pain in a racing car. »

So much so that specialist websites have reported comments from his boss that the British driver’s participation in the Canadian Grand Prix later in the week would be in jeopardy.

The famous “porpoise”

The German team still hasn’t solved the extreme rebounds of their single seater, commonly referred to as “porpoises”, which are particularly difficult to endure today in the streets of Baku.

“Lewis is in bad shape, said Toto Wolff, and it will be necessary to determine in the next few days whether he can race in Canada. »

After a two-year absence, Montreal will host the F1 circus this weekend. The first two free practice sessions will take place on Friday afternoon at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit.

“It’s not a muscle thing anymore,” said Wolff. Rather, it could have unfortunate consequences for his spine. His back is messed up. »

But hey, it would be premature today to suggest that Hamilton will not be able to defend the victory he secured in Montreal on F1’s last visit in 2019.

Russell too, but…

Hamilton isn’t the only one who regretted the situation in Baku. His teammate George Russell also said today’s event was particularly tough on the body.

Nonetheless, the young Brit finished today for the third time of the 2022 season as Hamilton was limited to just one at the opening race in Bahrain.

In the standings, Russell is fourth after the first eight stops of the season with 99 points, 37 more than his partner at Mercedes.

Vettel saves the furniture

The Aston Martin team can thank its driver Sebastian Vettel, who finished sixth, even if the German made a short detour into a loophole with a too late braking maneuver when overtaking the Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Alpine).

“This is a very good result for our team,” said the four-time world champion on Sky Sports. We manage to exploit the limits of the car and it starts to bear fruit. »

For his part, his teammate Lance Stroll had another miserable weekend. After two failures in qualifying the previous day that put him in 19th placee He had to give up his place on the starting grid due to vibrations.

As he pulled out of the top 10, his engineer asked him to return to the gas station with five laps to go before the end of the curtain.

Stroll has just two points in eight races this year and has been disqualified from all three recent Grands Prix.

Two penalties for Latifi

The name of the other Canadian Formula 1 steering wheel holder, Nicholas Latifi, appears on the last row (15e) of drivers who finished the race.

His two penalties certainly didn’t improve his fortunes. The first, for which he is not responsible, was imposed on him because his mechanics disregarded the ban on stopping work on the car 15 seconds before the start procedure. He had to pit at the start of the race and stop for ten seconds.

As for the second, the marshals gave him a penalty (five seconds) for repeatedly failing to let riders pass who took a lap from him during the race.

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