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Daniel Ricciardo sympathizes with Lewis Hamilton’s ‘really uncomfortable’ back injury at Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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The first practice for the Canadian GP in Montreal takes place on Friday with full coverage of the weekend live on Sky Sports F1. Canadian GP coverage begins at 5:30pm on Sunday night and lights out at 7:00pm

Last update: 06/16/22 13:29

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Daniel Ricciardo says F1 drivers shouldn’t have to go through ‘unnecessary’ pain

Daniel Ricciardo insists Lewis Hamilton did not exaggerate the extent of his back injury after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and said Formula 1 drivers do not deserve to endure “unnecessary” pain.

Hamilton’s participation in the Canadian Grand Prix, live on Sky Sports F1 from Friday to Sunday, was called into question after he required help getting out of the cockpit of his Mercedes after last weekend’s race in the Baku streets.

The 37-year-old is expected to be fit to drive but will likely have to go through the pain barrier again in his Mercedes machine.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has claimed that Hamilton is under instructions to “complain” about Mercedes’ problems, in the hope of pushing through a rule change.

Lewis Hamilton says he was praying for the race to finish after suffering from intense back pain after his Mercedes rolled over during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton says he was praying for the race to finish after suffering from intense back pain after his Mercedes rolled over during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton says he was praying for the race to finish after suffering from intense back pain after his Mercedes rolled over during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

However, McLaren driver Ricciardo said: “Lewis was talked about after the race. I saw some of his cars on board, I saw pictures of him getting out of the car and stretching his back, and he wasn’t exaggerating. It really was awkward.

“The good thing is that it’s very visible. If you have the car audio, you can hear it jumping and bouncing, and from the footage, you can also see the helmet moving.”

“It’s not normal or comfortable. The position where we sit in the car, we don’t have a lot of room to move, so we’re not prepared for impacts.

“Whether that depends on a rule change, or the way the teams set up the cars, I’m not 100% sure, but I wouldn’t want anyone to get any unnecessary injuries or pain.”

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“We’ve talked about it throughout the season, but because Baku is so important, I’m sure it will be discussed at the drivers’ briefing on Friday.”

Hamilton has finished behind teammate George Russell at every round since race one and trails him by 37 points in the standings.

The seven-time world champion also trailed Max Verstappen by 88 points, but Ricciardo added: “I definitely think Lewis is as capable as ever.”

“We all knew George was fast, how fast is he? How good is he? And he’s proving he’s very good.”

Lewis Hamilton needed help getting out of his car after the Azerbaijan GP

Lewis Hamilton needed help getting out of his car after the Azerbaijan GP

“But I wouldn’t rule Lewis out either because he has the ability to win this weekend, for example. I don’t think he lost anything at all.”

Ricciardo, an eight-time race winner, is under pressure to deliver this weekend after a disappointing season-and-a-half with McLaren.

Zak Brown, the British team’s chief executive, recently stated that the former Red Bull driver, whose contract with McLaren runs until the end of 2023, has not lived up to his expectations.

Martin Brundle believes that it is up to Mercedes and not the FIA ​​to resolve their racing problems.

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Martin Brundle believes it is up to Mercedes and not the FIA ​​to solve their “porpoise” problems this season.

Martin Brundle believes it is up to Mercedes and not the FIA ​​to solve their “porpoise” problems this season.

Ricciardo said: “I’d be more surprised if he came on, let’s say the 13th, and everyone said, ‘Dan is succeeding this year’.

“I know that the team cares about me and therefore there is an expectation. With Zak’s comment, I am very aware of how I am doing and I take it as an indirect compliment because he also believes that I can do better.”

“I’m my biggest critic and I don’t take those things to heart. A little bit of pressure is good, it’s not something I take personally or negatively.”

The first practice for the Canadian GP in Montreal takes place on Friday with full coverage of the weekend, live on sky sports f1. Coverage of the Canadian GP starts at 5:30pm BST on Sunday night and lights out at 7:00pm

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