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Lewis Hamilton: Christian Horner accuses Mercedes of telling star to ‘b****’ about back pain

Christian Horner accuses Mercedes of telling Lewis Hamilton to ‘b****’ as much as possible about his back pain during Azerbaijan GP… as the Red Bull chief insists it would be ‘unfair’ for F1 officials to change the safety rules over porpoise complaints

  • Lewis Hamilton was in clear pain during Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix
  • The Mercedes driver complained about back problems caused by porpoises
  • But Red Bull chief Christian Horner believes he had to moan because of Mercedes
  • Horner says he would ‘b****’ his men as much as possible in the same case

Red Bull chief Christian Horner has accused Mercedes of telling Lewis Hamilton to ‘b****’ as much as possible about the back pain he sustained during Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Hamilton appeared to have some discomfort during the weekend’s race in Baku, where he lost further ground in the F1 championship by finishing fourth.

The Briton nevertheless drove clearly through the pain threshold, because after he was helped out of his car by Mercedes personnel, you could see that he was holding his lower back.

Lewis Hamilton was left with clear pain in Baku

Christian Horner is suspicious Hamilton was told by Mercedes to exaggerate his problems

Red Bull chief Christian Horner (R) accuses Mercedes of telling Lewis Hamilton (L) as much as possible about his back pain

He then went on to talk about the matter after the race, claiming that problems with porpoises — a new phenomenon where cars bounce off their suspensions at high speed — were the reason for his injury.

“There were a lot of times where I didn’t know if I was going to make it and if I could keep the car on track,” said Hamilton. “That was the most painful and toughest race I’ve been through.”

But Horner, whose Red Bull team has not seen as many porpoises as their rivals this season, is suspicious that Mercedes has told Hamilton to exaggerate its problem to force the FIA ​​to change the rules in their favor.

Hamilton had to be helped out of his car by Mercedes staff in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday

Hamilton had to be helped out of his car by Mercedes staff in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday

The Briton went on to describe it as 'the most painful and toughest race' he has driven

The Briton went on to describe it as ‘the most painful and toughest race’ he has driven

When asked what he would do if his team suffered, the team principal said, “Tell them to b**** on the radio as much as possible and make it as big a problem as possible.”

Horner was then asked if he thought Mercedes is using the same tactics, to which he replied: “Of course it is. Look, it’s inconvenient, but there are remedies for that, but it’s detrimental to the car’s performance. What’s easiest to do? Complain from a safety point of view, but every team has a choice.

“If it was a real security issue across the network then it’s something that needs to be looked at, but if it’s only affecting isolated people or teams then that’s something the team may need to deal with.”

Horner fears Mercedes is disguising Hamilton’s injury as a safety issue to force a rule change, which he says would be “unfair” for teams spending money to weed out similar problems with their cars.

But Horner distrusts Mercedes and accuses them of urging Hamilton to make the best of it

But Horner distrusts Mercedes and accuses them of urging Hamilton to make the best of it

“The easiest thing, of course, is to raise the car so that a team has the choice to do that,” he said.

‘You have the choice of where you drive your car and you should never drive a car that is unsafe. But I think that’s more for the technical guys because there are certain cars with some problems and certain cars with very few problems.

“It seems unfair to penalize those who have done a good job versus those who may have missed the mark a bit.”

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