Wolff says W14 issue Hamilton is “not happy with” cannot be “cured quickly”

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Toto Wolff says Mercedes has “a fundamental issue” that Lewis Hamilton is “not happy with”, and “that’s not something that can be cured quickly”.

After Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton said he is doesn’t feel “connected” to Mercedes’ 2023 car. After the race, team boss Toto Wolff was asked to shed some light on the situation.

“I think it’s [the fact that] we have a fundamental issue that he’s not happy with, and that is linked to where he feels the rear end of the car is,” the Austrian said.

“That’s not something that can be cured quickly. But the drivers are the most important sensors in the car, and if they tell us that’s what they feel, we need to consider that.”

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Asked if this could affect Lewis’ motivation, Toto said:

“He’s a fighter, and so are we. If the fight’s on, you stay in the fight and you don’t throw the towel in.

“I think that’s how we all are in the team, and that’s why I have no reason to believe that he’s going to walk away from it,” he concluded.

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