Toto Wolff says he expects Lewis Hamilton to come back even stronger from the disappointment of the Canadian Grand Prix.
Hamilton heads in to next weekend's Austrian Grand Prix 22 points behind team-mate Nico Rosberg having retired from the race in Montreal while Rosberg finished second. Wolff has urged Mercedes not to be too disheartened by the MGU-K failures which hurt both drivers in the race having once again been dominant up until that point, and says it was just misfortune that Hamilton was the driver who had to retire his car.
“Canada was a weekend of mixed emotions,” Wolff said. “On the one side, we had strong pace throughout the weekend. On the other, a small glitch in what has been an extremely reliable package so far this season proved to be extremely detrimental when it really counted on Sunday.
“It's something we immediately moved to analyse, understand and rectify to make sure it does not happen again. Nico drove a fantastic race to maintain second position, while it was just a case of extremely bad luck for Lewis who was forced to retire.”
And acknowledging the gap between the two drivers, Wolff is hoping to avoid any more major reliability issues to allow Hamilton and Rosberg to continue to battle between themselves.
“Obviously, Nico now holds an increased gap at the top of the Championship, but Lewis is a fighter and I have no doubt that he will come back stronger than ever. There is still a long way to go with twelve races remaining - thirteen if you count the double points round - so his challenge is far from over.
“This race shows how quickly things can change - not just between drivers, but between teams also - so we will be pushing harder than ever to ensure that we do not give away any more valuable points to our rivals.”