Daniel Ricciardo says Hamilton “wasn’t exaggerating” Baku back pain

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Daniel Ricciardo dismisses claims that Lewis Hamilton was “exaggerating” his back pain at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and says his discomfort is “very visible”.

After the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said he believes Lewis Hamilton was instructed by Mercedes to publicly complain about his car bouncing, to try and influence the FIA to alter the rules in order to prevent this phenomenon.

Ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo completely dismissed any such insinuations.

“There was talk about Lewis after the race,” the Australian revealed.

“I saw some of his on-boards, I saw pictures of him getting out of the car and stretching his back, and he wasn’t exaggerating. It really was uncomfortable.

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“The good thing is that it is very visible. If you have the car’s audio, you can hear it jumping and bouncing, and from the images, you can see the helmet is moving around, too.

“It is not normal or comfortable. The position we sit in the car, we don’t have much room to move so we are not prepared for the impacts.

“If that is up to a rule change, or the way the teams are setting up the cars, I am not 100 per cent sure, but I wouldn’t like anyone to go through any unnecessary injury or pain.

“We have spoken about it throughout the season, but with Baku being such a big one, I am sure it will get discussed in the drivers’ briefing on Friday,” Ricciardo concluded.

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