Toto Wolff defends Lewis Hamilton over ‘alarming’ quit comments ahead of Monaco Grand Prix

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LEWIS HAMILTON battled again to fifth within the Spanish Grand Prix after earlier calling for engineers to retire his automotive.

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Toto Wolff has defended Lewis Hamilton after the seven-time champion referred to as for mechanics to retire his automotive in the course of the Spanish Grand Prix. The Mercedes star requested to cease throughout Sunday’s race after lap one contact with the Haas of Kevin Magnussen.

The affect left Hamilton with a entrance left puncture and round 30 seconds behind the closest automotive. He requested his workforce to think about retiring the automotive to avoid wasting the engine however was inspired to proceed after he was instructed he might nonetheless earn factors.

Hamilton launched into a heroic comeback drive and will have secured fourth however for a late mechanical scare on each Mercedes. Workforce principal Toto Wolff mentioned: “It was like saying ‘I can not consider that is occurring to me’.”

The Austrian additionally hit again at critics who’ve argued Hamilton’s message reveals he has misplaced the battle wanted to compete on the grid.

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Toto Wolff defends Lewis Hamilton over 'alarming' quit comments ahead of Monaco Grand Prix

Toto Wolff has defended Lewis Hamilton over his calls to retire in Spain (Picture: Getty)

Wolff additionally claimed the choice additionally allowed the workforce to gather additional information on the automotive. Wolff added: “None of this describes a driver who was 38 seconds behind and but stormed to the entrance whereas setting quickest laps of the race.

“That’s what reveals the great angle and dedication that he has. While you’ve misplaced the race, you all the time ask your self ‘What is the level of constant the race now?’

“I am glad we did not take the automotive out of the race, as a result of it was essentially the most useful time to check the 2 automobiles and setups. Ultimately we realized a lot that it paid off.”

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Toto Wolff defends Lewis Hamilton over 'alarming' quit comments ahead of Monaco Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton got here again from an early accident to attain factors in Spain (Picture: Getty)

Former driver and Sky Sports activities commentator Martin Brundle warned Hamilton’s demand to finish the race was ‘alarming’. He mentioned: “Lewis’ radio name after falling to the again of the sphere with a puncture, mainly desirous to cease and ‘save the facility unit mileage’, was alarming in that it gave us the true image of how little he’s been having fun with this season.”

David Coulthard additionally weighed in, arguing Hamilton’s message was an indication of his frustration at how unhealthy the beginning of the season has been for the Silver Arrows this season.

He defined: “I believe it confirmed really, the frustration of the primary few races meant he was trying to find that white flag. Fortunately he could not discover it. And his workforce regardless of the adversity they’re scuffling with proper now, calm as you want. These engineers, they’re not solely individuals who perceive automobile dynamics they’re psychologists as properly.”


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