Hamilton completely dominated the Belgian Grand Prix qualifying and beat team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 0.511 seconds to take pole position. Toto Wolff doesn’t think the gap is due to any “psychological reasons” plaguing the Finn.
“No, I don’t think it has any psychological reason for the gap today,” said the Austrian.
“Valtteri struggled with the set-up, particularly in Q3. You can see that on the data, there is just a little bit more sliding exiting the corners, and that obviously adds up.
“That makes a difference, but I don’t want to downplay or diminish anything of Lewis’s performance, which was extra-terrestrial today, again.
“On these fast, traditional circuits, he’s just in a league of his own.”
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After qualifying Hamilton said he was struggling to remain focused after learning of the death of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman.
“Like many other high performance people, we function well on adversity, and why I can relate to it is [because] we have discussed it,” Wolff explained.
“We’re all a little bit similar. The more that’s being thrown at you, the better you get. We definitely see that with Lewis this season, with all the craziness that happens in the world, and all these tragedies.
“He has certainly been driven by these circumstances to provide his answers to what’s happening in the world.”