On lap 1 of the Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was attempting to overtake Fernando Alonso around the outside at Les Combes, which led to a collision between the two cars.
After the race, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff also took on the stance that the incident was a result of Lewis’ miscalculation.
“He just left him no room on the inside,” the Austrian said.
“Fernando was on the kerb already and there is not much more that he could have done. Sorry for the incident from the team’s point of view, it rarely happens to Lewis.”
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Wolff then talked about the swings in performance of Mercedes’ car, as made evident by its poor pace in Belgian GP qualifying, and a significant improvement in the race.
“It’s very difficult to cope with these [performance] swings. We had a totally subpar performance yesterday [in qualifying].
“Being beaten by the Alpine’s, [Alex] Albon very strong, Valtteri [Bottas] would’ve been right there, Norris probably.
“Then in the race at times we go three seconds a lap faster. So big question marks about what’s going on.
“It’s not where we should be with [Mercedes’] structure and knowledge to understand a racing car, but we don’t with this one,” Wolff concluded.