Q1: Lewis Hamilton says he will compete in the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix

Canadian F1 Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won the last Canadian GP in 2019 (Picture: Getty)

Mister Lewis Hamilton has confirmed he will compete in this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix after fearing his back problems would prevent him from doing so.

The seven-time World Champion has suffered from back pain all season as his Mercedes W13 struggles with extreme ‘porpoise’, with cars bouncing violently at high speeds.

The problem reached new heights at the final race in Azerbaijan when Hamilton climbed out of his car, visibly distressed, and later said: ‘I cannot express the pain you are experiencing and all you are praying for is that it ends.’

Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 12: Fourth placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes get out of his car after complaining of pain during the Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 12, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan . (Photo by Bryn Lennon – Formula One/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff had expressed concerns his driver could miss the next lap at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve due to his injuries, but Hamilton has since said he will be back in the driver’s seat when Formula 1 resumes for the first time since 2019 Montreal returns.

In an Instagram story, the 37-year-old said: “Sunday was tough and had some trouble sleeping but woke up today feeling positive. The back is a little sore and bruised but luckily nothing serious.

“I had acupuncture and physical therapy with Ang [Angela Cullen, Hamilton’s physiotherapist, and confidante] and am on my way to my team to work with them on improvement [the car].

“We have to keep fighting. There is no time like the present to pull together, and we will.

“I’ll be there this weekend, I wouldn’t miss it for anything in the world. I wish everyone a fantastic day and a great week.”

Montreal is a place Hamilton loves dearly, having clinched his first F1 win there in 2007, and he holds the record for most wins in Canada with seven wins alongside Michael Schumacher.

In the meantime, the issue of porpoises and the health and safety issues they cause will take center stage, given complaints from Hamilton and others about them.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr recently called on the FIA ​​to take action on the matter, while Red Bull boss Christian Horner added fuel to the fire by controversially suggesting that drivers and teams use the issue for their own benefit exaggerated.

MORE: Carlos Sainz urges FIA to find quick fix to F1 problem drivers ‘struggling’

MORE: George Russell hits back at Christian Horner’s claim F1 drivers only ‘complain’ over porpoise injuries.

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