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Despite the problems with the Mercedes car in Baku, he finished fourth: Lewis Hamilton. © Sergei Grits/AP/dpa

For Lewis Hamilton, the Formula 1 race in Baku has become a very painful experience. The seven-time world champion was only able to leave his Mercedes with difficulty after crossing the finish line.

Baku – The 37-year-old complained of headaches and back pain. “I gritted my teeth. At the end you just pray that it’s over,” Hamilton said. The reason for the Briton’s complaints is the heavy hopping of the car on the straights, which has affected the Silver Arrows even more than many of their competitors this season.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff apologized on the pit radio at Hamilton for the problems with the car. “Sorry about the back. We will solve that,” said Wolff.

The technical problem is caused by the vehicles that have changed significantly this season. At high speed, the cars on the straights are pressed onto the ground until they briefly touch the asphalt and are then pushed up again. The drivers are exposed to frequent blows in the cockpit.

Despite the difficult-to-drive Mercedes, the team secured a strong result in Azerbaijan. George Russell was third on the podium, Hamilton was fourth. dpa

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