F1: Christian Horner beats Lewis Hamilton over back injury

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Christian Horner’s Red Bull team leads both F1 championships (Picture: Getty)

Christian Horner has sensationally accused Sir Lewis Hamilton of exaggerating his back pain to help Mercedes catch up with Red Bull.

This season, every Formula 1 team has been plagued by porpoise problems, with the car bouncing up and down uncontrollably, affecting performance and causing serious discomfort in the cockpit.

Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate George Russell were the hardest-hit drivers on the grid and after Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the former was clearly in pain as he climbed out of his W13.

“I can’t express the pain you experience here, especially on the straights, and in the end you just pray for it to stop,” said the 37-year-old after the race.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff also hinted that the injuries to Hamilton’s back could mean the Briton could miss the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix, but Horner believes the pair are playing up the situation.

Demands have been made for rule changes that will allow teams to more easily fix porpoise, and Horner believes comments from competing drivers and team bosses are part of a conspiracy to push through those changes.

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Lewis Hamilton was clearly in pain as he got out of his Mercedes (Picture: Getty)

‘Of course it is. It’s part of the game,’ Horner said, as quoted by The Race.

‘I would tell them [the Red Bull drivers] complaining as much as possible on the radio and making it as big a problem as possible.

“I think if it was a real security issue across the web then it should be looked at. But if it’s only affecting individuals or teams, maybe that team should address it.

“It would be unfair to penalize those who have done a decent job versus those who may have missed the mark slightly.”

Red Bull are leading both championships, with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez leading the drivers’ standings after eight races, so it’s not surprising that Horner doesn’t want anyone to close the gap on his team.

But the issue of porpoises is rife on the grid and even Verstappen has previously admitted his car has suffered from it this season, albeit not to the same extent as others.

While Horner has acknowledged that, he doesn’t believe major rule changes are needed to resolve the matter, adding: “Look, you can see it’s awkward – but there’s a remedy.

“Of course, the easiest way is to lift a car. The team has a choice to do that, but it comes at the expense of car performance.

“You should never drive an unsafe car. But I think that’s more for the technicians – because there are certain cars that have problems and there are some cars that have very few problems.

“From a safety point of view, it’s the easiest to complain about – but every team has a choice.”

MORE : Max Verstappen praises ‘incredible’ Red Bull car after comfortable win at Azerbaijan Grand Prix

MORE: Lewis Hamilton could miss Canadian Grand Prix with back injury

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