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Lewis Hamilton claims his back pain has gone after finishing third in F1’s Canadian Grand Prix

“I’m young again!” Lewis Hamilton claims the back pain he suffered from Mercedes’ chronic ‘porpoise’ problems has subsided as he celebrates finishing third in F1’s Canadian Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton claimed he was ‘young again’ after Canadian Grand Prix
  • The 37-year-old finished third despite serious back problems due to Mercedes’ ‘porpoise’ problems
  • Hamilton said it was ‘overwhelming’ to be on the podium given his ‘battle’ with his car this year

Lewis Hamilton finished third in the Canadian Grand Prix, declaring ‘I’m young again!’

A week after he struggled to climb out of his Mercedes in Baku after bouncing around in the cockpit, the seven-time champion’s back pain was gone.

After finishing behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, the 37-year-old Briton said: “It’s quite overwhelming to get this third place. It has been such a battle with the car this year, but we remain vigilant, focused and never give up. That’s something I’m proud of.

Lewis Hamilton claimed he was 'young again' and pain free after finishing third in Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton claimed he was ‘young again’ and pain free after finishing third in Canadian Grand Prix

The 37-year-old struggled to get out of his Mercedes car after last week's race in Azerbaijan

The 37-year-old struggled to get out of his Mercedes car after last week’s race in Azerbaijan

Lewis Hamilton shared an image of a massage from his physiotherapist, Angela Cullen, as part of his recovery for Montreal

Lewis Hamilton shared an image of a massage from his physiotherapist, Angela Cullen, as part of his recovery for Montreal

“We’re getting closer, so we have to keep pushing and pushing, and hopefully eventually we’ll get into the fight with these guys.”

Hamilton is now 98 points from the top a week on Sunday on his way to Silverstone.

Team boss Toto Wolff: ‘One swallow doesn’t make a summer, but we are very happy.

“I am very happy for Lewis as he has been disadvantaged by the safety car at several races before. He’s had bad luck. But he is on stage without giving him anything as a present. It’s good to see.’

Hamilton (left) said it was 'overwhelming' to get on the podium given his chronic car problems

Hamilton (left) said it was ‘overwhelming’ to get on the podium given his chronic car problems

Verstappen, the champion and leader, kept his nerves after a late safety car phase to claim his sixth win of the season before being hailed by his boss Christian Horner as being in the shape of his life.

Verstappen said: ‘The safety car didn’t help. In general, Ferrari was very fast.

“But it was really exciting in the end. I gave everything I had and of course Carlos did the same. I could see it pushing and charging.

“Luckily we seem very fast on the straights this year, so that helps a lot.”

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