LEWIS HAMILTON collided with Kevin Magnussen early within the Spanish Grand Prix.
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Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has mentioned he’s “completely satisfied” the workforce ignored a request from Lewis Hamilton to retire him after a collision with Kevin Magnussen.
The pair collided on the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, with the incident inflicting Hamilton to supply to stop the race. Talking on the workforce radio, he mentioned: “I might save this engine guys if I used to be you. I am sorry.”
Nevertheless, Mercedes denied Hamilton’s request and the Brit ended up recovering to complete fifth. And Wolff has claimed it was the “most useful race” for Mercedes, telling Sky Sports activities: “It is at all times the decision whenever you’ve misplaced the race to determine what’s the profit of constant.
“From a driver’s perspective, you realize, ‘that may’t be potential, I am 50 seconds behind the leaders’, however it’s nonetheless priceless mileage and we’re by no means giving up anyway. Ultimately, the race tempo was tidy.
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Toto Wolff explains why Mercedes defied Lewis Hamilton request throughout Spanish Grand Prix (Picture: SKY SPORTS)
“He [Hamilton] would have raced for the win. I am completely satisfied we did not retire Lewis as a result of that was probably the most priceless race from us to check the 2 vehicles, to check their setups and tyres.”
And Hamilton was additionally appreciative Mercedes didn’t let him retire, revealing he made the suggestion as a result of he thought a factors end can be “unattainable”. Talking after the race, he mentioned: “Clearly I hoped for a smoother race with out the difficulty at first.
“I used to be 30 seconds, at one stage, behind final. Having seen the place I used to be, should you assume again in Jeddah the place I began fifteenth and I struggled to get into the highest 10 I used to be considering it was going to be unattainable to get again into the factors positions.
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Toto Wolff explains why Mercedes defied Lewis Hamilton request throughout Spanish Grand Prix (Picture: GETTY)
“I used to be 30 seconds behind so I’m like, if I’m going to make use of the entire engine to drive round in final or out of the highest 15 and in some unspecified time in the future we’d must take a penalty or one thing like that. I don’t know if reliability is a matter, we’ve already seen at the moment on the finish there was one thing.
“However I used to be like, we’d as effectively simply save the engine so we stay to battle one other day. However I’m glad we didn’t and it simply reveals that you simply by no means cease and by no means hand over and that’s what I did.”