Lewis Hamilton receives apology from Mercedes boss Toto Wolff in Imola after ending 13th

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LEWIS HAMILTON had a depressing afternoon in Imola ending thirteenth within the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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Toto Wolff has apologised to Lewis Hamilton after the seven-time champion was caught behind the midfield and unable to make up positions in Imola. There was hope Hamilton might make up positions within the moist climate at the beginning however he was unable to get a foothold into the race. 

Talking instantly after the chequered flag, Wolff mentioned: “Hello Lewis, Sorry for what you may have needed to drive at this time. I do know that is undrivable and never what we deserve to attain in consequence. This was a horrible race. We’ll come out of this.”

Hamilton replied: “Yeah, no worries, Toto. Simply carry on working laborious.”

The FIA’s determination to not enable DRS use till the midway stage made it inconceivable for Hamilton to get shut sufficient to move the vehicles in entrance. When the DRS was activated, Hamilton was caught behind a prepare of vehicles regardless of his makes an attempt to move Pierre Gasly and work his approach via the pack. 

Lewis Hamilton receives apology from Mercedes boss Toto Wolff in Imola after ending 13th

Toto Wolff apologised to Hamilton after the race (Picture: Sky Sports activities F1)

Chatting with Sky Sports activities F1, Wolff added: “There’s simply no overtaking while you’re in a DRS prepare. We noticed with George the best way the automobile can drive while you’re in free air however we’re not adequate for a world champion, undeserving for a world champion. We simply want to repair the automobile.

“I had a bit little bit of an alternate and mentioned sorry for the automobile he must drive in the meanwhile and we’ll type it out and he acknowledged, so it is okay.”

His team-mate George Russell fared barely higher as he jumped from eleventh to fifth within the opening levels. He benefited from Leclerc’s late crash to maneuver as much as fourth which means the rookie has now scored 4 successive top-five finishes. 

Lewis Hamilton receives apology from Mercedes boss Toto Wolff in Imola after ending 13th

Toto Wolff apologised straight after the race (Picture: Getty)

The consequence means Russell fell to fourth within the factors standings however is now 21 factors forward of his skilled team-mate.

Former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg mentioned Wolff’s apology was completed to assist Hamilton via a tough spell however warned the seven-time champion was nonetheless partly guilty for his poor consequence.

He informed Sky Sports activities F1: “Toto was enjoying the psychological recreation which may be very good on his behalf once more, taking the blame themselves and actually attempting to assist Lewis mentally. Lifting him up and saying that it wasn’t Lewis’ doing, it is on us. 

“It’s extremely good as a result of it is not fairly the reality and let’s not overlook that Russell is in P4 with that very same automobile, so Lewis undoubtedly had a giant position to play in that poor consequence this weekend.”

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