F1: Baku needs some resurfacing – Verstappen

Max Verstappen has called for changes to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix circuit after Lewis Hamilton suffered severe back pain throughout the weekend because he ran his car too close to the track surface and the ripples in the asphalt resulted in the Mercedes bottoming out, slamming the track surface and sending forces up into Hamilton’s spine like a jackhammer.

The 37-year-old Lewis Hamilton was seen holding his lower back as he walked away from his vehicle, and even in interviews with media later on his hand remained behind him. He just has to raise his car’s ride height and the problem goes away.

Even though it’s Mercedes fault that their car is defective, Verstappen suggested the track should be resurfaced ahead of next year’s race after several drivers complained of issues.

“It is enjoyable to drive, just, I think, it’s getting a bit bumpy in some places, especially now with the new cars being so stiff and low to the ground.

“I think the main straight is way too bumpy, we have to really try and find a bit of a line. So it would be nice if that could be resurfaced for next year.

“But overall, I think it’s a special track, also the second sector, you know, between the castle bit, it’s quite unique, I would say.”

While his defeated teammate whined about back pain, George Russell finished in 3rd position, and looked ready to do another race afterwards. Here Russell lifts his trophy after the Azerbaijan GP at Baku City Circuit on Sunday June 12, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Sam Bloxham / LAT Images)