Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has performed down claims that he and Lewis Hamilton shared a heated trade throughout qualifying at Imola on Friday.
The seven-time former World Champion was unable to get out of Q2 and will solely handle thirteenth on the grid for the primary dash of the season.
It may have been worse although as Hamilton scraped into Q2 by simply 4 thousandths of a second.
Within the Mercedes storage, the Briton was seen sharing seemingly heated phrases, with each himself and Wolff showing animated of their trade.
When quizzed in regards to the incident, Hamilton had mentioned: “That’s all inside stuff, so I received’t share that. However we’ll simply preserve working. It’s what it’s, it’s type of…(shrugs). We’ll simply preserve working arduous. Every weekend’s a rescue.”
Nonetheless, Wolff has insisted there was no argument in any respect, quite a shared anger in regards to the workforce’s present scenario.
It has been one thing of a fall from grace for the reigning World Champions, who discover themselves languishing within the midfield having been unable to problem for wins.
The moist situations throughout qualifying didn’t flatter the W13, with the workforce enduring their worst qualifying efficiency because the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.
It’s a scenario that frustrates Wolff, but additionally Hamilton who missed out on the title final season. The Mercedes boss admitted to Sky F1 the pair had been “venting” at one another.
“There was no disagreement in any respect,” mentioned Wolff. “It doesn’t go any nearer like the 2 of us are. We had been simply so offended in regards to the session total, him and I, and he vented at me, I vented at him but it surely was completely about the identical factor.
“It’s only a diploma of frustration that we’re not capable of generate the grip on the primary lap and yesterday was all about first lap. Then it red-flagged and we weren’t capable of make it into Q3 and it’s so irritating.”
Hamilton ended the dash down in 14th place, one place decrease than he had certified. His team-mate George Russell fared a bit higher however may solely handle eleventh with each drivers unable to attain factors.