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Wolff expects Hamilton to come back stronger

Toto Wolff says he expects Lewis Hamilton to come back even stronger from the disappointment of the Canadian Grand Prix
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.”

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June 14, 2014 4:51 PM

The emotionally weaker Hamilton needs more care. Wolff's recent comments are to motivate Lewis. To put in a negative light - are to feed that ego of his. The mentally stronger Nico can take care of himself.


June 14, 2014 4:36 PM

On the one hand, Wolff is doing the PR thing. On the other, he is entering into the world of ' I know what I want to say, but I have no concern for how it will be received.'. It is understood that he wants to keep Hamilton's hopes up and ensure that there is no favoritism being applied to Rosberg. But the back-handed complements, and the lack of support or even acknowledgement for the type of job Rosberg is doing is tough to stomach. This is a shame because Rosberg should be allowed to enjoy the entire year, with the ups and the downs, to have the entire year be rewarding and thus applied to the accomplishment of winning the championship, if it ends up in his hands. Instead, he is peppered with bull**** comments from a teammate with questionable personality and needs to endure an unsupportive and derogatory management structure, at least publicly, on top of the grind and the pressures of being championship leader for most of the year. For the job he is doing, Rosberg deserves more.

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