Lewis Hamilton has revealed the grueling recovery and training regime he is working through in order to be fit for the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.
The seven-time Formula One world champion had to be dragged from his car after finishing fourth in Azerbaijan last week, struggling with back issues as Mercedes continued to experience extreme porpoising with their cars.
According to Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, there had been doubts of whether the 37-year-old would be fit to race in Canada, but Hamilton has shared his new routine, which includes rounds of acupuncture, cryotherapy and stretching – as well as jogging in the rain.
Lewis Hamilton, who has registered just one podium finish this year from eight races, shared an image with his physiotherapist, Angela Cullen, mid-treatment with the caption: ‘I’m forever grateful to have @cullen_angela with me on the road.
‘I would be lost without her. We’ve been working each day stretching, acupuncture and cryo to recover.
‘I’m feeling a lot better and today [have] been able to do my first run. Pushing through.’
The Brit then posted a video of himself out jogging with Cullen and Daniel Forrest, captioned ‘A Team’.
Mercedes have struggled to match the pace of Ferrari and Red Bull all year, with bouncing issues in their cars seemingly the main factor behind their decline.
Lewis Hamilton relieved any worries of missing the race in Montreal with a Tweet on Sunday evening, which ended with: ‘see you all next week.’
After Sunday’s race in Baku, where the problem was clearer than ever, the FIA stepped in in an attempt to eliminate porpoising, which other teams have struggled with too.
A statement read: ‘The FIA, as the governing body of the sport, has decided that, in the interests of safety, it is necessary to intervene to require that the teams make the necessary adjustments to reduce or to eliminate this phenomenon [of porpoising].
‘The FIA has decided to intervene following consultation with its doctors in the interests of safety of the drivers.’
And whilst Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate George Russell was welcoming the comments from the governing body, Hamilton was stepping up his recovery.
After finishing fourth in Azerbaijan, Hamilton said: ‘There were a lot of moments when I didn’t know whether I was going to make it and if I was going to be able to keep the car on track,’ Hamilton said after finishing fourth.
‘That was the most painful and toughest race I have experienced.’