Mercedes has admitted it went “too far” trying to eradicate proposing on its Formula 1 car during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that left its drivers in “significant discomfort”.

The Brackley-based outfit was once again exposed to severe bouncing around Baku’s street circuit, causing Lewis Hamilton to report of feeling “sore” after Friday’s two practice sessions.

But Hamilton and team-mate George Russell were subjected to further bouncing over the remainder of the weekend, with the seven-time world champion suffering back pain during Sunday’s 51-lap event.

Hamilton was seen gingerly extracting himself from the car in parc ferme having battled to finish fourth behind Russell, causing concern for Mercedes boss Toto Wolff who was unsure if Hamilton would be fit for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

While Hamilton has confirmed he will compete in Montreal, Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles conceded its attempt to destabilise the bouncing in Baku went over the limit.

“I am pleased to report that Lewis is here this morning [at the Mercedes factory], I spent a few hours with him and he is okay, he will be back in the car in Montreal,” Vowles said in the team’s usual post-race debrief.

“He is an elite athlete that will push the bounds of endurance of himself and the car and that’s what F1 drivers do, that’s what makes them exceptional.

“On this occasion, though we pushed the package and our drivers too far, we are putting them into significant discomfort and we simply can’t do that again.

“Our drivers are not the only ones suffering, you will see in the media a number of comments from a number of drivers who are equally in discomfort and pain. And we have a responsibility now to make sure that this doesn’t carry on.”

Vowles explained that while Mercedes had seemingly got on top of its porpoising issue in Barcelona, it is more of a track specific problem that was provoked by Baku’s bumpy track surface.

“There is definitely a track by track element and it’s a function of how smooth the tarmac is and the layout of the circuit,” he said.

“I would say Baku certainly of the circuits we’ve had so far is on the worse end of it and conversely Barcelona probably on the better end of it.

“So, those two circuits definitely will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the package. But it’s also worth putting a little bit of time into explaining porpoising, bouncing, bottoming – three words possibly being spoken a lot with a little bit of association of being the same thing but they are not quite.”

Vowles believes Mercedes has made clear progress in curing the porpoising on the W13, but revealed the performance gains have come at a cost in uncovering a the issue of bouncing.

“We definitely suffered porpoising in the earlier races and in Barcelona we didn’t,” Vowles said. “And we’ve made a tremendous amount of effort on our package to make sure that we tried our best to resolve it, and I am confident we’ve made a step.

“In Barcelona the car was stable, robust and we could lower it and that’s the key, we managed to create a package were aerodynamically we were able to work with it a lot more, we could work with set-up and we could drop the cars in terms of ride height producing performance.

“Come now to Monaco and to Baku, what that unfortunately uncovered is a second issue that was being masked by the first. I’m confident we’ve made a step forward in terms of porpoising, but we very clearly have bouncing, and to the outside it looks almost identical, but there is a subtle difference between the two.”