Toto Wolff on garage exchange: “Lewis and I shared frustration”

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Toto Wolff further explains the seemingly heated discussion with Lewis Hamilton at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Qualifying, and says “there is no division, and there is no blaming”.

As the rain started pouring more and more near the end of Friday’s Emilia Romagna Qualifying Q2, Lewis Hamilton got out of his car as it was obvious that his time cannot be improved under these conditions. This meant that Lewis would definitely be knocked out in Q2.

Immediately afterwards the cameras caught what appeared to be a tense discussion between Lewis and team boss Toto Wolff.

This naturally led to widespread speculation on what was being said, with many jumping to conclusions that there was some trouble between the two.

When asked about this after Quali, Lewis said it was “internal stuff” and chose not to disclose what was being discussed.

Wolff already said they were only “venting”, and now further explains what happened.

“It’s quite funny how it’s been interpreted,” the Austrian said.

“Lewis and I shared frustration that we weren’t really able to extract lap-one performance and how annoying it was. But it was basically the same point of view and just sheer anger.

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“There is no division, and there is no blaming or anything like that. There’s pressure in the system, but I would say the necessary pressure to get things right.

“Nobody in the team is anywhere near enjoying the ride at the moment. And this team, we’ve done it in the past and we just need to dig ourselves out of that hole.”

Wolff goes on to say Mercedes is still focused on solving their issues, despite their setbacks.

“Being involved in this, we all have our good moments and our bad moments. We have the optimism and pessimism.

“But, as it stands, we just came out of the [team] discussion and it was really to say: what are the avenues which we need to immediately embark on?

“So I see no difference in that determination and passion for sorting this out and for getting ourselves back in the game for winning races and fighting for championships.

“That’s exactly the discussion we just had 20 minutes ago,” concluded Mercedes’ team boss.

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