Mercedes provides an update on Hamilton’s condition after Azerbaijan

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Mercedes’ Motorsport Strategy Director James Vowles says the team has “pushed the package and our drivers too far”, and they “can’t do that again”.

Throughout the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has struggled with back pain due to heavy bouncing of his car, which even put his participation on the Canadian Grand Prix in question.

Lewis has since announced on social media that he will definitely race in Canada, and now Mercedes provides another update on his condition.

“I am pleased to report that Lewis is here [in Brackley] this morning,” James Vowles said in Mercedes’ race debrief.

“I spent a few hours with him and he is OK, he will be back in the car in Montreal. He is an elite athlete that will push the bounds of endurance of himself and the car and that’s what Formula 1 drivers do, that’s what makes them exceptional.”

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Vowles then admitted the team went too far with the way they have set up their cars.

“On this occasion, though, we pushed the package and our drivers too far, we are putting them into significant discomfort and we simply can’t do that again.

“Our drivers are not the only ones suffering, you will see in the media a number of comments from a number of drivers who are equally in discomfort and pain.

“And we have a responsibility now to make sure that this doesn’t carry on,” the Briton concluded.

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