Toto Wolff, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz, laments the ‘near call’ and issues another warning to Lewis Hamilton.
In his tight duel with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has issued yet another warning to Lewis Hamilton.
Toto Wolff, the head of Mercedes, has issued another warning to Lewis Hamilton in his close battle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, saying that a non-finish this season may be a determining factor in the F1 title race.
After a second-place finish in the Turkish Grand Prix, Verstappen now leads by six points, with Hamilton crossing the line in fifth thanks to a tyre risk by Mercedes.
The British-based German team had already been forced to accept a grid penalty ahead of the race after Hamilton picked up a fourth internal combustion engine [ICE], preferring not to risk a mechanical failure with only seven laps remaining.
As a result of the penalty, Hamilton began Sunday’s race in 11th place, with Verstappen in second place, barely ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
However, in the closing laps of the race, Hamilton’s race engineer encouraged him to pit his intermediates, which had been running for more than 40 laps, but he seemed to ignore the team and chose to stay out.
Hamilton ultimately pitted from third on lap 51 of 58, resurfacing in P5, with the 36-year-old seething on the radio after fighting his way up from 11th.
Despite mixed feelings in the Mercedes camp after Turkey, Wolff warned that any DNFs could now put the championship to rest. Verstappen heavily capitalized in Russia despite starting from the back of the grid, and with mixed feelings in the Mercedes camp after Turkey, Wolff warned that any DNFs could now put the championship to rest.
“In the end, we lost eight points to Red Bull today [Sunday] due to a grid penalty, and Red Bull was content with a seven-point loss last week,” Wolff added. “It’ll be a tight race until the finish [of the season].”
“DNFs will make a major impact, and that was also a factor today, rather than three, four, or five-point swings.”
During the Turkish Grand Prix, Hamilton originally disobeyed orders from his crew to pit, despite the fact that he was in third place.
Hamilton eventually switched to a new pair of intermediate tyres with seven circuits remaining, but was left upset on the radio after falling two places.
“The entire season swings back and forth; we make mistakes together, and we win together,” Wolff continued. “We made the decision. “Brinkwire Summary News.”