Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of Australian Grand Prix win rubbished by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff

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LEWIS HAMILTON has struggled within the opening two Grands Prix of the season.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has rubbished any ideas that Lewis Hamilton can win the Australian Grand Prix this weekend. The Silver Arrows ace has fallen nicely brief within the first two races of the season following a winter of F1 regulation adjustments and automobile upgrades.

Hamilton grew to become the dominant power in F1 after successful the title for the primary time as a Mercedes driver in 2014. He went on to elevate the championship trophy six occasions between 2014 and 2020 to take his profession title tally to seven, however missed out on a file eighth season victory final 12 months as Max Verstappen proved triumphant.

Mercedes have failed to revamp their 2022 automobile in a method which retains them aggressive – and their struggles have been clear to see within the early phases of the brand new season. On the opener in Bahrain, Hamilton completed third – however solely after Pink Bull duo Verstappen and Sergio Perez have been compelled to retire as a consequence of energy failure. And in Saudi Arabia, Hamilton suffered the ignominy of ending tenth.

Mercedes have been making an attempt to resolve their issues at their Brackley and Brixworth bases in latest days as there wasn’t a race final weekend. However Wolff admits any development the staff have made received’t be sufficient to assist Hamilton win in Melbourne.

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Lewis Hamilton's hopes of Australian Grand Prix win rubbished by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff

Lewis Hamilton has struggled within the opening two Grands Prix of the season (Picture: GETTY)

“There will not be a magic repair for this subsequent race weekend,” the 50-year-old stated. “We’re in a studying race and the primary two weekends have proven we nonetheless have a lot to study. In the meanwhile, our observe efficiency just isn’t assembly our personal expectations, however everybody at Brackley and Brixworth is concentrated on understanding the issues and discovering the suitable options.

“We’re pushing to steadily carry positive aspects over the upcoming races, to hopefully transfer us nearer to the entrance of the pack. Till then, we have to maximise every alternative and benefit from the bundle we’ve.

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Lewis Hamilton's hopes of Australian Grand Prix win rubbished by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff

Toto Wolff has rubbished any ideas that Lewis Hamilton can win the Australian Grand Prix (Picture: GETTY)

“There are numerous challenges forward of us however that is one thing we relish and is when a staff actually reveals its true spirit. Lewis and George [Russell] are making an necessary contribution to the general effort, offering suggestions, spending time within the simulator and dealing collectively to assist push us ahead.”

However, regardless of his staff’s woes, Wolff insists he’s trying ahead to the primary Australian Grand Prix since 2019. “Now we head again to Melbourne for the primary time since 2020 and will probably be racing in Australia for the primary time in three years – that is too lengthy for a metropolis and nation which are so captivated with F1,” Wolff added.

“We’re trying ahead to seeing the followers and the brand new observe format which guarantees extra overtaking alternatives and sooner lap occasions.”

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