The Formula One circus makes the gruelling trip from Azerbaijan to Canada this week following Max Verstappen’s win in Baku on Sunday. The teams and drivers have a short turnaround until the next race this weekend on the other side of the globe. There had been doubts whether Lewis Hamilton would be able to race in Montreal due to Mercedes’ porpoising issues causing him back pain.
But the Briton has confirmed he will be back in the W13 this weekend, saying: “I’ve had acupuncture and physiotherapy and I’m on my way to my team to work with them on improving. We have to keep fighting. I’ll be there this weekend – I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” That’s despite Toto Wolff having described the seven-time world champion as doubtful due to the pain caused by Mercedes’ problems. Hamilton could be seen slowly clambering out of his car after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the weekend.
Verstappen’s victory, and Charles Leclerc’s DNF for Ferrari, saw the Dutchman open up a 21-point gap atop the Drivers’ Championship standings. The Red Bull driver warned however: “To get a 1-2 for the team was really good, we’ve scored some good points today and made the gap bigger to Ferrari. There’s still a long way to go, it’s a long season so we need to keep pushing as a team.”
Hamilton given ‘pantomime dame’ warning
Lewis Hamilton has been told to “not act like a pantomime dame” by former F1 star John Watson. The seven-time world champion has found himself in an unfamiliar position this year of not challenging for race wins.
“Lewis needs to be careful not to act like a pantomime dame,” Watson told the Daily Mail. “It is a very difficult car to drive but at 37 the bones are not as forgiving of an uncomfortable ride. “This is a whole new world to Lewis. He has had seven or so years when Mercedes have been dominant and it’s perhaps like a seven-year itch. George looked pretty fresh afterwards and finished third to Lewis’s fourth. “Lewis maybe needs to recalibrate and spend less time in the air and more in the gym.”