Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton could sit out the Canadian GP

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Toto Wolff says the pain Lewis Hamilton is feeling due to bouncing “can have some consequences”, and adds Mercedes needs “to have someone on reserve” to “make sure that our cars run”.

Lewis Hamilton has been seriously affected by the bouncing of his car at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, so much so that he had trouble getting out of his car after the race.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was asked if there was a possibility that Lewis will not be able to compete at the next race in Canada.

“Yeah, definitely,” the Austrian said.

“You can see that this isn’t muscular anymore. This goes properly into the spine and can have some consequences.

“He’s really bad and we’ve just got to find a solution. At this stage, he is maybe the worst affected of all drivers.

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“But pretty much everyone, as far as I understand from the drivers, has said that something needs to happen but I couldn’t give you an explanation of what that is.”

When asked if Mercedes might be lining up reserves in case Hamilton can’t compete, Wolff said:

“I don’t think this is only Lewis’ issue. He is the one that is probably worst affected but generally, it also affects George [Russell] and many others.

“So the solution could be to have someone on reserve who we have anyway at every race to make sure that our cars run,” Toto concluded.

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