IMOLA, Italy: Mercedes crew boss Toto Wolff has promised to protect Lewis Hamilton after the seven occasions Formula One world champion struggled by Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
The Briton completed thirteenth within the fourth spherical of the season and was lapped by Red Bull’s world champion race winner Max Verstappen.
Mercedes crew mate George Russell’s fourth place after the Imola dash weekend additionally put Hamilton’s seeming lack of type into query as a lot because the automobile’s efficiency.
“I have to protect him. It’s not his low,” Wolff, whose crew didn’t make it to the ultimate stage of qualifying for the primary time in a decade, informed reporters. “It’s the low of the automobile efficiency.
“The guy is the best driver in the world and he is not having a machine and equipment underneath him to be able to execute,” added the Austrian.
“In a way it is even irrelevant whether you come eighth, 12th, 15th, doesn’t matter, it’s all bad.”
Hamilton is now seventh general, already 58 factors behind Ferrari’s chief Charles Leclerc and along with his title hopes in tatters.
Wolff stated the true greats all had tough moments of their careers and overcame them, and Hamilton, winner of a file 103 races, would accomplish that too.
“He’s going to help the team to sort themselves out and we are sticking together through good and bad times and today certainly was a very bad day,” he added.
Wolff apologised to Hamilton over the crew radio after the race, saying Mercedes had not offered a automobile worthy of a champion and they’d repair it.
How they do that is still to be seen.
The automobile suffers from ‘porpoising’ greater than others, a elementary drawback arising from new guidelines that makes it bounce on the straights as aerodynamic downforce is gained and damaged.
Wolff stated the crew nonetheless hoped they may unlock the ‘aerodynamic goodness” however recognised they could even have to return to the drafting board.
“You don’t need to throw away the goodness, but if there are fundamental areas that don’t allow us to unlock the potential that we believe is in the car, then you need to cut your losses,” he stated.
“It would imply you say ‘where is the baseline now?’. Is there a brand new one we will begin on the place we imagine we will unlock extra potential?
“If we thought that, we would have done it five months ago. We believed this was the development line we needed to take. So it is quite a tricky exercise.”
Verstappen, who denied Hamilton a file eighth title final season, was brutally trustworthy about the way it felt to lap the game’s most profitable driver.
“They’ve been slow all year, so it’s not really a surprise or I feel happy lapping Lewis compared to anyone else,” stated the Dutch driver.
Source : channelnewsasia.com