Wolff says he has to “protect” Hamilton – “The best driver in the world”

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Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton is “the best driver in the world and he is not having a machine and equipment underneath him to be able to execute”.

After a hard Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton, team boss Toto Wolff says it’s his team’s fault that they have not been able to give Lewis the car he deserves.

“Well, you know, I have to protect him,” the Austrian said after the race.

“It’s not his low. It’s the low of the car performance. We know that he is a seven-time World Champion, he caught up last year and nearly fought for the Championship while it was lost Saturday of Brazil.

“The guy is the best driver in the world and he is not having a machine and equipment underneath him to be able to execute.

“It is even irrelevant whether you come 8th, 12th, 15th, doesn’t matter, it’s all bad. But the real stars, they have recovered.


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“There is none out of the really great ones that come into my mind that didn’t have certain moments in their careers that things didn’t run properly.

“That is the case now with him since a long time, he’s going to help the team to sort themselves out and we are sticking together through good and bad times and today certainly was a very bad day.”

Wolff added that the porpoising at Imola was extremely severe.

“Just the car was undriveable in the way it was undrivable. You see the bouncing on the main straight, I wonder how the two of them can even keep the car on the track at times.

“Lewis deserves better from us. But we are a team so we all need to do the utmost in order to provide him with a machine that is able to fight for front positions,” concluded Mercedes’ team boss.

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