LEWIS HAMILTON will begin the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from 14th after a surprising weekend for Mercedes.
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David Coulthard has warned Lewis Hamilton is ‘not completely satisfied’ after a string of poor outcomes for Mercedes up to now this season. Hamilton dropped again one place in yesterday’s dash race that means he’ll begin this afternoon’s race from 14th.
His Mercedes team-mate George Russell is eleventh however it’s a stark distinction to Mercedes’ dominating performances because the begin of the turbo-hybrid period in 2014. After the dash race, Hamilton appeared annoyed and even claimed the crew weren’t within the championship hunt after a troublesome begin.
The seven-time champion was even noticed in a heated dialogue with crew principal Toto Wolff on Friday after the Mercedes duo had been knocked out in Q2. Talking on Channel 4, Coulthard stated: “Inevitably he’s not completely satisfied about that. The crew should not completely satisfied about it. It’s going to be a protracted onerous slog.”
Hamilton later clarified his disappointment, claiming he was not contemplating leaving Mercedes after their troubled begin. He stated he nonetheless believes the crew may nonetheless ‘repair’ the problems however warned it might be a ‘painful 12 months’.
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David Coulthard warns Hamilton is ‘not completely satisfied’ (Picture: Getty / Channel 4)
Hamilton defined: “We’ve got had wonderful instances collectively, highs and lows collectively, and I’m 100 per cent dedicated to this crew and there may be nowhere else I wish to be. Simply because we’ve hit a tough patch, it’s not in my DNA to pack up. We’re nonetheless world champions and we will repair this. It’s simply going to take longer.
“It will likely be a painful 12 months that we’ve to experience out collectively. Hopefully, we will rectify it sooner or later within the 12 months, or worst-case situation, by subsequent 12 months.”
He added: “We’re nowhere close to the place we wish to be however we’ll simply preserve preventing, preserve working as onerous as we will and simply hope that finally, we see gentle on the finish of the tunnel.” Nonetheless, Nico Rosberg claimed the arguments between Hamilton and Wolff claimed the stress was entering into the crew.
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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes has struggled for tempo this season (Picture: Getty)
He additionally recommended the dialogue confirmed there was some pressure on the crew, with Wolff probably ‘irritated’ on the seven-time champion. Rosberg stated: “If I needed to speculate now, it appears to me that Toto was irritated about one thing that Lewis had achieved.”
He added: “It simply exhibits the stress is beginning to get there, fairly than going ahead they’re truly going backwards. Naturally the strain goes to construct internally.”
Wolff clarified the matter forward of yesterday’s dash race, claiming there was no disagreement between the pair.