“Sorry for what you have had to drive today,” Toto said.
“I know this is undrivable and not what we deserve to score the result. We move from there, but this was a terrible race.”
To this Lewis responded with: “No worries, Toto. Let’s keep working hard.”
“Yeah, we will come out of this,” Wolff concluded.
Nico Rosberg, who worked with Wolff from 2013 until 2016, has given his perspective on these words.
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“Here, Toto was playing the mental game,” Rosberg said on Sky Sports F1.
“Which is very smart on his behalf again, taking the blame themselves and really trying to support Lewis mentally, lifting him up and saying that it wasn’t Lewis’ doing, it’s on us.
“It’s very smart because it’s not quite the truth and let’s not forget that Russell is in P4 with that same car, so Lewis definitely had a big role to play in that poor result this weekend.
“Russell got P4 out of it with a brilliant weekend, so there was more in that car. Really, Toto is trying to lift him [Lewis] up.
“It’s so important that Lewis keeps that motivation through the whole season, it’s important for the team and it’s quite easy for Lewis to lose it in these kind of situations,” the German concluded.