Q1: Lewis Hamilton suffers from back pain after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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

Lewis Hamilton has described the physical agony he endured during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when Mercedes’ ‘porpoise’ problems continued.

Hamilton was voted driver of the day after finishing fourth in Sunday’s race, which was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after both Ferraris retired with mechanical problems.

Throughout the season, the Mercedes W13 has struggled with “porpoises” where the car hops uncontrollably, hampering performance and causing serious discomfort to drivers.

The problem seemed worse than before at the Baku Street Circuit when Hamilton admitted during the race that his back was in excruciating pain and by the end of the race the 37-year-old could be seen struggling to get out of his car.

When asked how he managed to get over the pain, Hamilton told Sky Sports: “Just biting my teeth and just the adrenaline.

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George Russell finished third but also complained of back pain (Picture: Getty)

“I cannot express the pain you are experiencing here especially on the straight and in the end you just pray for it to end.

“But we are still in such a good position, third and fourth place is a great result for the team. They’ve done a really good job with the strategy and once we fix that bouncing we’ll be in the running.

“We’ll definitely lose at least a second because of the impact. I’ll be at the factory tomorrow; we need to have some good talks and keep pushing.’

It’s not just Mercedes suffering from ‘porpoises’, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo also highlighted the issue over the weekend and there have been calls for regulatory changes to allow teams to more easily fix the problem.

Hamilton’s teammate George Russell, who finished third, added his concerns, saying: “It definitely wasn’t comfortable. This was one of the worst falls of the season.

“The straight out there was so bumpy I don’t really know what was going on. Obviously it’s like a seven-lane freeway, which probably didn’t help keep things nice and smooth.

“Nobody says that to gain an advantage. The Ferrari drivers and even Max said how tough it is. It’s not good for anyone and something will happen, there’s no doubt about that.

However, with the next race in Canada just a week away it seems unlikely there will be a big turnaround before then, but Russell remains confident he and Hamilton can challenge the frontrunners once the issue is resolved.

“I know how capable and amazing Lewis is and I know once we have the car he will be a whole new beast,” added the 24-year-old.

“We’re so fixated on fixing these issues that we couldn’t work to maximize a race weekend and focus on our driving, but once we have a good car under us the real Lewis Hamilton will be out there and fight hard.’

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