Mercedes workforce boss Toto Wolff apologised to Lewis Hamilton for offering him with an “undriveable” automotive on a “horrible” day for the workforce at Imola.
Hamilton was left caught outdoors the factors all through the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, discovering himself lapped by eventual race winner Max Verstappen on his option to a disappointing P14 end.
This outcome was solely the second time for the reason that 2013 Spanish Grand Prix that Hamilton has been a categorized finisher outdoors the factors, alongside his P15 in Azerbaijan final season after his lock-up on the restart.
Whereas team-mate George Russell jumped up 5 locations on the primary lap, the seven-time World Champion couldn’t make the identical headway and located himself caught behind each Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly for the overwhelming majority of the race, with a gradual pit cease dropping him even additional down the order.
As such, Wolff provided an apology over workforce radio after crossing the road.
“Lewis, hello, sorry for what you might have wanted to drive at the moment. I do know that that is undriveable and never what we deserved to attain in consequence,” he mentioned.
“So we’ll transfer from there, however this was a horrible race.”
“No worries, Toto,” a forlorn-sounding Hamilton replied. “Let’s hold working arduous.”
“Actually unhealthy,” Wolff then added to Sky Sports activities F1 when requested about Hamilton’s race. “He bought squeezed by the Alpine, the opposite two vehicles [Esteban Ocon and Gasly] undercut and there’s simply no overtaking once you’re in a DRS prepare.
“We noticed with George the place the automotive can drive if you happen to’re in free air, however we aren’t adequate for a World Champion, undeserving for a World Champion. We simply want to repair the automotive.”
Russell introduced residence a stable outcome for the Silver Arrows ultimately, transferring as much as P4 after Charles Leclerc’s late spin at Imola – with a 12-point haul representing the absolute best particular person final result for Mercedes after arguably their worst weekend of the season up to now.
“George actually drove properly contemplating the automotive that he had beneath [him],” Wolff mentioned.
“We missed on adjusting his entrance flap. Meaning he had a automotive that was arrange for moist, not for dry, and he held on properly. Actually, actually good drive.”
Mercedes are properly conscious of the duty in entrance of them to get a deal with on the ‘porpoising’ on their automotive, with the extent of bouncing proving each uncomfortable for the drivers, and compounding the general lack of velocity within the W13 in comparison with Ferrari and Crimson Bull.
And Wolff is aware of that’s the place an answer must be present in time for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix in a fortnight’s time.
“We’re going to take a look at issues for Miami. I feel we are able to make a step within the understanding of the automotive, and it’s one other day. We simply want to actually perceive extra, [and] carry improvement onto the automotive that may repair the bouncing,” he concluded.