Mercedes is planning a reserve driver “solution” for Canada in case Hamilton can not drive · RaceFans

Mercedes will make sure they are prepared for the opportunity Lewis Hamilton will not be able to participate in next week’s Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

Hamilton said he was in great pain during today’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix due to the car’s niche and bottom throughout the race. He called it “the most painful race I have ever experienced”.

Wolff said it was clear his driver was worse than just muscle aches. “I have not seen him and I have not talked to him afterwards,” he said, “but you can see that this is no longer muscular. I mean, this goes right into the spine and can have some consequences.”

Training for the next race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will begin in five days. Wolff said the team will be ready for the opportunity Hamilton or teammate George Russell can not drive.

“I do not think this is just Lewis’ problem,” he said. “He is the one who is probably the worst affected. But in general, it also affects George and many others.

“So the solution may be to have someone on reserve, which we have at every race, to make sure our cars run.”

Hamilton has not missed a race since testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of the Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020. All teams are required to drive junior drivers for at least two training sessions during the season. Mercedes could take advantage of the opportunity to do so in the first practice, and extend Hamilton’s recovery time.

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Wolff apologized to Hamilton on the radio after the race. “I know this is a bit of a crap to run,” he said, “sorry about that.”

He subsequently admitted that his driver was in “really bad” shape after the race. “We just have to find a solution at this stage,” Wolff said. “I think he is perhaps the hardest hit by our drivers.

“But pretty much everyone, as far as I understood from the drivers, said something had to happen. But I could not give you an explanation of what it is. “

In Baku, the problem of cars pecking – bouncing up and down at speed – was exacerbated by the fact that they reached the bottom – hit the track – on the bumpy track. “They are very close,” Wolff agreed. “We have seen tracks where we have zero porpoises, and then we have bounced and then there are some cars that are at the bottom.

“So it’s not entirely clear. It’s clear [that] it all has to do with the aerodynamic performance of the floor. ”

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