As the bouncing Mercedes refuses to stop, Lewis Hamilton screams, “My back is killing me!”

After his Mercedes wouldn’t stop bouncing during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton exclaimed, “My back is killing me.”

In Baku, the seven-time Formula One world champion finished fourth, behind two Red Bulls and teammate George Russell. Hamilton, on the other hand, had to deal with his car’s constant porpoising down the straights as he struggled to cope with the extreme bouncing.

As he struggled with his car’s performance, Hamilton could be heard screaming over the team radio, “Aaaargh my back is killing me!”

Porpoising has been a problem for a number of teams this season, but it could be reduced if Hamilton’s Mercedes raised the ride height. However, the car’s performance would suffer as a result of this.

According to, after being presented with the proposal last year, teams rejected a rule change that would have eliminated porpoising.

Russell even warned that the problems could lead to a major incident at a race ahead of Sunday’s race, telling GPFans: “I think it’s just a matter of time before we see a major incident.”

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Despite his car bouncing constantly, Lewis Hamilton finished fourth in Baku.

“Over these bumps, a lot of us can barely keep the car in a straight line. We’re going 300 kilometres per hour through the last two corners and bottoming out. The cars’ proximity to the ground is visible on the Tarmac.

“Formula 2 is in a similar situation because they have a similar philosophy, and it’s unnecessary in today’s environment with the technology we have.”

After complaining of back pain, fourth-placed Lewis Hamilton was helped out of his Mercedes car.

“It just seems pointless to be driving a Formula One car at over 200 mph while millimetres from the ground, and it’s a recipe for disaster.”

“I’m not sure what the future holds, but I don’t think we’ll be able to sustain this for three years, or however long these regulations are in effect.”

Despite his car’s bouncing, Hamilton was able to climb from seventh to fourth place, passing Pierre Gasly on the 44th lap for his best finish since the season’s first race in Bahrain.

Russell took third place on the podium after taking advantage of the two Ferraris that were forced to retire. With his fifth win of the season, Max Verstappen moved ahead of teammate Sergio Perez in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

Hamilton admitted after the race that he had to “bite down with his teeth” to finish.

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