Wolff on how Hamilton accepted that Mercedes missed the mark in 2022

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In a recent interview Toto Wolff was asked if it was difficult to explain to Lewis Hamilton that Mercedes’ 2022 struggles were “sort of the team’s fault”.

There’s no doubt that Mercedes missed the mark with their 2022 car, which turned out to be almost impossible to drive at times.

In a recent talk with swiatwyscigow.pl, team boss Toto Wolff was asked how difficult it was for him to explain to Lewis Hamilton “that it is sort of the team’s fault”.

“He knew that,” Wolff said.

“It’s a highly technical sport and if we can’t give him a car that is quick enough, then it’s the fault of the team.


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“And we just had a chat out there and he said: “This car is just a handful”, and he said we lost one second of grip between FP3 and Qualifying.

“Suddenly you’re competitive in FP3 and we think that we can fight for pole position and then suddenly we’re six or seven tenths off.

“If he would have told me last year, we are six and a half tenths of the pole, I think that I would need vodka,” the Austrian concluded.

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