Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has bad news for Lewis Hamilton after Brit makes public demands

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TOTO WOLFF has dished out a actuality test to Lewis Hamilton after the Brit laid out his hopes for the approaching races.

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Toto Wolff has delivered a pessimistic view on Mercedes’ probabilities of victory over the approaching weeks, regardless of Lewis Hamilton’s need to see the workforce change into extra aggressive by the point the British Grand Prix rolls round. That provides the Silver Arrows lower than a month to shut the hole on Ferrari and Pink Bull, who’ve left their rivals within the mud up to now in 2022. 

Simply over two weeks in the past, Mercedes loved maybe their most optimistic weekend of the 12 months in Spain as George Russell got here residence third to ship one other podium and Lewis Hamilton fought again from an early setback to complete fifth. 

Trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin steered that Hamilton might have fought for victory had he averted an opening-lap skirmish with Kevin Magnussen. However issues obtained murkier for Mercedes on the bumpy streets of Monaco the next week. 

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has bad news for Lewis Hamilton after Brit makes public demands

Toto Wolff reaffirmed that Mercedes are at the moment the third-best workforce in F1 (Picture: GETTY)

Hamilton maintains optimism that issues can take one other step up by the point the grid turns up at Silverstone on July 3. “I am hoping by Silverstone that we’ve got the automotive the place we want it, not less than by then, to have the ability to combat these guys for the win,” he mentioned. “That is what I am working daily for, in order that we will combat on residence turf and provides them the most effective race that we will.”

In the meantime, Wolff delivered a extra downbeat forecast and expects extra of the identical issues that unfolded in Monaco to repeat themselves on Baku’s avenue circuit, which is subsequent up. “The issue is we will say it’s a observe the place it will be slightly higher, like in Barcelona, or a observe that’s worse like Monaco,” he defined

“I feel we’re the third [best] workforce – we’re not second and we’re not fourth. We’ve two extraordinarily robust drivers however it’s a large annoyance for all of us that the hole is about the identical. In case you are taking a look at it optimistically it’s five-tenths [of-a-second difference to the top-two teams]. In case you are taking a look at it pessimistically it’s extra like eight-tenths. And clearly, for all of us at Mercedes, that isn’t acceptable.”

Porpoising points that include this 12 months’s new floor impact automotive design have hit Mercedes more durable than most. The bouncing, which has a detrimental affect on tempo and efficiency, seems to be considerably underneath management since new upgrades have been launched in Spain, however the Silver Arrows’ stiff chassis didn’t work nicely in Monaco. 

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has bad news for Lewis Hamilton after Brit makes public demands

Lewis Hamilton might be gunning for an additional Silverstone victory after profitable in 2021 (Picture: GETTY)

However, Russell maintained his document as the one driver within the subject to have completed within the prime 5 in each race this season, taking P5, whereas Hamilton needed to accept eighth after getting caught behind Fernando Alonso. 

The latter will hope for higher issues to come back, notably at Silverstone the place he turned central to final 12 months’s fierce drama by colliding with Max Verstappen on the opening lap. Hamilton went on to win the race and hoist the British flag aloft, however the Dutchman had the final giggle by clinching the world title on the finish of the season. 


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