Lewis Hamilton gets back behind the wheel ahead of Canadian Grand Prix
‘Back to it’: Lewis Hamilton gets back behind the wheel amid fears he would miss the Canadian Grand Prix after struggling with back pain in Azerbaijan… as Mercedes star aims to kick off season in Montreal
Lewis Hamilton has returned to action by getting behind the wheel of a race car – just two days after he needed help getting out of his Mercedes due to back pain.
There were fears over the Briton’s entry into the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend after seeing his injury healed after another miserable race in Azerbaijan last Sunday.
But Hamilton had already allayed fears he would miss the Montreal race by providing an update on his fitness on social media and has confirmed he will be done with his latest post.
Lewis Hamilton is back in action by getting behind the wheel (L) after injury scare
The Mercedes driver uploaded a photo of himself back in action on Tuesday evening, along with the caption: ‘Back to it.’
The Briton appeared to be in some pain after the Baku race as he had to be helped out of his car by Mercedes staff.
The 37-year-old was seen with his lower back walking away from his vehicle, and even in media interviews later, his hand was left behind him.
“There were a lot of moments where I didn’t know if I was going to make it and if I could keep the car on track,” said Hamilton after finishing fourth.
“That was the most painful and toughest race I’ve been through.
The pain just kept me holding on and biting my teeth. The adrenaline helped, but I can’t put into words the pain you’re experiencing, especially on the straight here. I just prayed it would end.”
The 37-year-old was able to be helped out of his Mercedes car after Sunday’s race
And to confirm the extent of the pain on Sunday night, Hamilton took to Instagram to deliver a message to his followers.
“Seeing online that a lot of people are worried about me because it looked awful there,” he wrote.
“It means so much that so many of you are sending love. I’ll be honest It is [sic] looks awful and feels 100 times worse.
“Absolutely some recovery and hard work with the team for Montreal to overcome this hurdle. Feel better though and motivated my [sic] to keep pushing. See you next week.’
However, he added an update Monday morning, declaring in his Instagram story: ‘Yesterday was rough and had some trouble sleeping, but woke up feeling positive today!
“The back is a little sore and bruised, but thankfully nothing serious.
“I’ve had acupuncture and physio with Ang and am on my way to my team to work with them to improve.
The seven-time world champion still kept his back as he spoke to the media
“We have to keep fighting. No time like the present to work together and we will. I’ll be there this weekend, wouldn’t miss it for anything.’
Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, finished fourth after starting seventh on the grid, but there seemed to be a real danger that he would not be able to compete in Canada next weekend.
“He’s really bad,” his team boss Toto Wolff said after the race. “You can tell this isn’t muscular anymore. It goes well in the spine and it can have some consequences.
“The solution could be to have someone on reserve, who we have at every race anyway.”
Porpoises – a new phenomenon in cars for the 2022 season where they bounce off their suspensions at high speed – has caused problems for a number of F1 drivers this season, including Hamilton.
The Mercedes driver has so far not made a meaningful bid for an eighth world championship and is currently sixth in the drivers’ standings, 88 points behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.