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Azerbaijan GP: Mercedes clarify Baku ‘shocker’ and defend Lewis Hamilton after point-less end

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“We weren’t ok and if we need to win this championship we have to carry our A-game,” says Toto Wolff, with Mercedes now 26 factors behind Purple Bull within the standings; Merc boss on Lewis Hamilton lock-up: “He does not make errors.”

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Anthony Davidson was on the SkyPad to analyse all the very best motion from a dramatic day at Baku after Sergio Perez received race forward of Vettel and Gasly

Anthony Davidson was on the SkyPad to analyse all the very best motion from a dramatic day at Baku after Sergio Perez received race forward of Vettel and Gasly

An “offended” Toto Wolff has vowed that Mercedes will bounce again from a “painful” Azerbaijan GP, with the crew boss explaining the world champions’ weaknesses whereas additionally defending Lewis Hamilton after his dramatic lock-up.

Mercedes completed with each vehicles out of the factors for the primary time in 55 races on Sunday as Hamilton dropped from second to fifteenth after the late race restart and Valtteri Bottas struggled all weekend within the different automobile.

Dropping floor to leaders Purple Bull within the constructors’ championship, Mercedes’ seven-point haul from the Monaco and Baku GPs is their lowest two-race whole since earlier than Hamilton joined in 2012.

Whereas the crew have been on for at the least 18 factors on account of Max Verstappen’s crash earlier than Hamilton fell down the order, Wolff believes the distinctive road circuit layouts simply did not swimsuit the W12.

“In Monaco and right here we did not have a automobile that was aggressive, full cease,” Wolff informed Sky F1. “We lose on a regular basis within the twisty outdated city, and that is what occurred in Monaco.

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Toto Wolff says that he cannot name Lewis Hamilton’s error a mistake after he failed to interrupt on the first nook after the race restart within the Azerbaijan GP

Toto Wolff says that he cannot name Lewis Hamilton’s error a mistake after he failed to interrupt on the first nook after the race restart within the Azerbaijan GP

“You could possibly see within the center sector, we have been actually shut, we have been faster on the straight – however the center sector was only a whole shocker.”

Wolff, who additionally highlighted points with Mercedes’ race begins and “operational errors”, continued: “It isn’t a shocker {that a} automobile that has received three races is now nowhere. It isn’t.

“We all know the deficits, we have seen that on this specific a part of the tracks and we all know that we now have gaps that we simply want to beat.”

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Lewis Hamilton locked up at Flip One and runs off monitor throughout the restart

Lewis Hamilton locked up at Flip One and runs off monitor throughout the restart

Mercedes to ‘switch anger’ into French GP

Talking in a post-race Mercedes video on social media, Wolff stated the weekend was “such a painful expertise”.

“We weren’t ok and if we need to win this championship we have to carry our A-game,” he acknowledged. “We have to give the drivers a automobile that’s aggressive and I suppose we have been solely ready to win the race as a result of Max shunted out. It’ll damage for a couple of days, however we’ll carry our high recreation to the subsequent race.”

Mercedes do certainly fancy their probabilities for the French GP in two weeks’ time, and maybe rightly so given they’ve received each races at Paul Ricard since its 2018 return, and have appeared rather more aggressive at comparable tracks in 2021.

The crew comfortably received back-to-back races in Portugal and Spain earlier than heading to Monaco.

“I’ve little question [we will bounce back],” stated Wolff. “This can be a crew that’s so robust. I am so offended, and we’re going to switch the anger into optimistic drive. We’re warriors and we’re going to come again.”

Wolff: Hamilton ‘does not make errors’

Wolff additionally refused to just accept that Hamilton made a “mistake” when locking up out of the factors in Baku.

Hamilton appeared set to take the lead off Perez on the race restart on Lap 50 of 51 earlier than lacking the nook utterly, with the Englishman having unintentionally switched Mercedes’ “magic” brake swap which modified the brake stability.

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Lewis Hamilton has defined why he locked up and ran large on the first nook after the restart, apologising to his Mercedes crew

Lewis Hamilton has defined why he locked up and ran large on the first nook after the restart, apologising to his Mercedes crew

Hamilton stated he was “very sorry” to Mercedes however Wolff absolved his star driver of blame.

The crew boss, getting ready for a four-hour flight house with Hamilton on Sunday evening, stated: “I simply must let him know that this wasn’t due to a mistake by him.

“He does not make any errors. That’s what you have to bear in mind. I would not want for anybody else to be within the automobile.”



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