Mercedes finished the difficult Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend on a bittersweet note. On one hand George Russell made the best of a difficult situation and finished the race in P4, while on the other hand Lewis Hamilton struggled and ultimately finished in P13.
“George really drove well considering the car he had underneath,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff afterwards.
“He had a car that was setup for the wet, and not for dry and he handled it… a really really good drive.“
As for Lewis, at the end of the race Wolff issued an apology to Hamilton over the team radio.
“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.”
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“Yeah, we will come out of this,” Wolff concluded.
Afterwards the Austrian said Mercedes’ car is not “worthy for a world champion”.
“Yeah, really bad. He got squeezed by the Alpine, the other two cars undercut and there’s just no overtaking when you’re in a DRS train.
“We saw from George what the car can do in free air but we are not good enough for a world champion, not worthy for a world champion. We just need to fix the car.
“I think we are going to look at things for Miami. I think we can make a step in the understanding of the car.
“It’s another day, we just really need to understand more and bring development to the car which will fix the bouncing,” Wolff concluded.