At the end of an extremely difficult Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for Lewis Hamilton, in which he finished in P13, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff came on the Briton’s radio and apologized on behalf of the team.
“Sorry for what you had to drive today, I know this is undriveable,” the Austrian said.
David Coulthard says the message was intended for the world to hear.
“That was a very significant moment and a very clear message to the world,” the Scot said on Channel 4.
“That’s a private conversation he has chosen to make public.”
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Coulthard went on to give his comments on Mercedes’ car issues.
“The hope [for the team] is that, within the regulations of the 2022 season, Ferrari, Red Bull and others are harnessing the downforce,” he started.
“What Mercedes is doing is sucking themselves down to the road, and it’s going ‘Oh no, that doesn’t feel good’ and it bounces back up.
“Once they understand what part of their aero package is really triggering that issue, then suddenly they will step back in because the rest is fundamentally good,” Coulthard concluded.