The heavy bouncing Lewis Hamilton has experienced at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix has left the Briton with severe back pain, but he reveals it was also a safety hazard in the race.
“There were a lot of moments when I didn’t know if I would make it,” Hamilton said after the race.
“Just whether I was going to keep the car on track because I don’t know if you saw it, I nearly lost it in the high-speed several times.
“So the battle with the car was intense. And then at the end, the last 10 laps to the flag, I was just having to go internal, like ‘you can do this, you’ve got this, just bear with it’.
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“The thing was bouncing so much sometimes. There were so many times I was nearly going into the wall.
“So that was a concern – safety-wise at 180mph, smashing into the wall…I don’t think I’ve really ever had to think about that too much as a racing driver.
“You don’t really ever think about keeping it out of the wall at that high speed.
“A very, very, very strange experience,” the Briton concluded.