Lewis Hamilton says he expects to be able to compete in this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix despite suffering from back pain during Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The 37-year-old struggled to get out of his Mercedes cockpit after the 51-lap race in Baku after complaining over the team radio that “my back is killing me”. Both Hamilton and team-mate George Russell suffered from their cars’ porpoise – bouncing on track as a result of new aerodynamic regulations.

Hamilton later described the race as the most painful of his career. “I gritted my teeth because of the pain,” said the seven-time world champion. “I can’t express it. Adrenaline got me through. You were just praying for it to stop.” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff feared Hamilton might not have been able to drive in Montreal.

But in a story posted to his Instagram account, Hamilton appeared to assuage all concerns. “I’ll be there this weekend,” he said. “I wouldn’t miss it for anything in the world.”

“Yesterday was tough and I had some trouble sleeping, but I woke up feeling positive today,” Hamilton added. “The back is a bit sore and bruised but luckily nothing serious. I had acupuncture and physical therapy with Angela [Cullen] and I’m on my way to my team to work with them on improvement.

“We have to keep fighting,” said Hamilton, who visited the Mercedes plant in Brackley after finishing fourth in Baku on Monday. “There is no time like now to pull together and we will.”

Ferrari suffer double disaster at Azerbaijan GP as Max Verstappen takes victory - videoFerrari suffer double disaster at Azerbaijan GP as Max Verstappen takes victory – video

On Sunday, Wolff apologized to Hamilton for the ongoing problems with his car this season. “We all know it’s quite a shitty ride to drive at the moment and excuse the rear but we’ll take care of it,” said the Austrian.

Russell, who finished third behind the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez, described the race as “pretty brutal… I’ll sleep well tonight.” Hamilton later tried to strike an optimistic note: “I guess we’re losing on that up and Ab one second per lap and once we fix that we’ll be right there in the race.”

A traditional fixture on the Formula 1 calendar, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Grand Prix is ​​back on the schedule this year for the first time since 2019 after the last two editions were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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