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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was forced to apologise to Lewis Hamilton as a result of the latter’s intense back pain over the course of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. The 37-year-old managed to claim an impressive fourth-placed finish but was made to work hard due to his Mercedes car bouncing violently on the long straights in Baku.
Hamilton complained of back pain on more than a few occasions during the 51-lap contest but was ultimately able to put the problem to one side and work his way up the order to cross the line in fourth. He went on to receive an immediate apology from Wolff, who conceded that Mercedes still have plenty of ground to make up in his post-race comments via team radio.
“This is a bit of a **** box to drive,” said Wolff. “And sorry for the back problems.”
“Well done, guys,” replied Hamilton. “And well done on the strategy. Thank you on continuing to push, but make some changes, okay? Please. Let’s keep pushing.”
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