Lewis Hamilton have to be protected by Mercedes with Toto Wolff adamant his dismal Imola weekend was “not his low”, it was the efficiency of the automobile.
Hamilton had a weekend to neglect on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Scrapping into Q2 by a mere 0.004s, that set the stage for his weekend as Hamilton simply didn’t have the tempo to problem for a top-ten exhibiting in qualifying, the dash qualifying and even the grand prix.
He completed a disappointing P13 with Wolff instantly on the radio apologising to his seven-time World Champion about his “undrivable” automobile.
However whereas Hamilton was P13, George Russell introduced his W13 residence in fourth place, elevating questions on why Hamilton appears to be struggling greater than his new team-mate.
Wolff insists the issue is the automobile, not the driving force.
“I’ve to guard him. It’s not his low,” the Mercedes motorsport boss stated as per Reuters. “It’s the low of the automobile efficiency.
“The man is the most effective driver on this planet and he’s not having a machine and gear beneath him to have the ability to execute.
“In a approach it’s even irrelevant whether or not you come eighth, twelfth, fifteenth, doesn’t matter, it’s all unhealthy.”
Such have been Hamilton’s struggles this season that Crimson Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko wonders if the Briton is considering he ought to have hung up his helmet on the finish of 2021.
Wolff, although, is adamant Hamilton is absolutely dedicated to returning Mercedes to the sharp finish of the grid.
“He’s going to assist the staff to kind themselves out and we’re sticking collectively by means of good and unhealthy occasions and immediately actually was a really unhealthy day,” he stated.
Within the midst of Mercedes’ struggles the opposite massive query going through the staff is have they bought it fallacious with the W13’s design idea.
Mercedes went with an excessive zero-pod design, one which pundits imagine is compounding their porpoising issues.
Wolff concedes there could come a time when Mercedes should re-evaluate.
“You don’t have to throw away the goodness, but when there are basic areas that don’t permit us to unlock the potential that we imagine is within the automobile, then you might want to minimize your losses,” he stated.
“It will imply you say ‘the place is the baseline now?’. Is there a brand new one we are able to begin on the place we imagine we are able to unlock extra potential?
“If we thought that, we’d have accomplished it 5 months in the past. We believed this was the event line we wanted to take. So it’s fairly a difficult train.”