Wolff explains heated exchange with Hamilton: “He vented at me, I vented at him”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff explains his seemingly heated Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Qualifying exchange with Lewis Hamilton.

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.

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Now Wolff explains what actually happened.

“There was no disagreement at all,” Wolff said.

“It doesn’t go any closer like the two of us are. We were just so angry about the session overall, him and I, and he vented at me, I vented at him but it was absolutely about the same thing.

“It’s just a degree of frustration that we are not able to generate the grip on the first lap and yesterday was all about first lap.

“Then it red-flagged and we weren’t able to make it into Q3 and it’s so frustrating,” concluded the Austrian.

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