Lewis Hamilton admits he was ‘praying’ for Azerbaijan GP to end – ‘Can’t express the pain’

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LEWIS HAMILTON has struggled with bouncing all weekend however nonetheless secured a fourth place end.

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Lewis Hamilton has admitted he was ‘praying’ for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to finish as he admitted he was ‘biting’ his enamel in ache. The Mercedes star stated he ‘can’t specific the ache’ through the race however nonetheless praised the crew’s strong efficiency.

He stated: “I can not specific the ache you expertise, notably on the straight right here. On the finish you are simply praying for it to finish. We’re in such an excellent place nonetheless, third and fourth is a good consequence for the crew. The crew did an awesome job with the technique.

“As soon as we repair this bouncing we will be proper there within the race. We’re shedding for positive not less than a second with the bouncing. I will be within the manufacturing facility tomorrow, we have to have some good discussions and maintain pushing.”

Through the race, Hamilton appeared to scream ‘my again is killing me’.

The seven-time champion has struggled with Mercedes bouncing points all weekend, claiming after qualifying that his again was in a ‘actual mess’.

READ MORE: Mercedes apologise to Lewis Hamilton after Brit noticed in agony

Lewis Hamilton admits he was 'praying' for Azerbaijan GP to end - 'Can't express the pain'

Lewis Hamilton stated he was ‘praying’ for the race to finish (Picture: Sky Sports activities F1)

Toto Woff apologised to Hamilton after the race and promised the crew would type themselves out quickly. Hamilton replied: “Make some adjustments OK. Please. Let’s maintain pushing.”

Sky Sports activities commentator Paul di Resta known as upon Mercedes to make sure their automotive was protected for Hamilton to drive.

He stated: “Mercedes want to provide him a automotive that isn’t going to porpoise, bounce… that has a extra snug experience. That needs to be philosophy No 1 for the crew leaving this race. It is superb what adrenaline can do to a sports activities particular person getting by way of that stage of ache.” 

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Lewis Hamilton admits he was 'praying' for Azerbaijan GP to end - 'Can't express the pain'

Lewis Hamilton has complained of ache all weekend (Picture: Sky Sports activities F1)

The Silver Arrows benefited from a double Ferrari retirement as Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz suffered mechanica points. This meant the crew had been the second-fastest vehicles to complete the race and got here house behind the pair of Purple Bull’s.

Hamilton was closing in on Russell within the early phases earlier than shedding out within the pit stops to fall behind a gaggle of vehicles. This ended any probabilities of difficult his team-mate however Hamilton was in a position to safe fourth to equal his second greatest results of the season. 

Russell’s third positioned end is the previous Williams man’s third podium of the season. After the race, he stated: “To be sincere I used to be happy to see the race come to an in depth. Simply smashing the bottom each single nook, each single lap.

“Fairly brutal, I am going to sleep properly tonight. Particularly on a circuit that is not often too bodily. It is simply what we have to take care of and reside with in the intervening time. We as drivers have to just accept [it].

“There’s not going to be any short-term adjustments however there are conversations concerning the long-term future of those laws. We have got a whole lot of sensible engineers and clever folks on this sport. I am positive we’ll discover the suitable options.”

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