Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reacts to Lewis Hamilton concerning messages


Lewis Hamilton lost his cool over the team radio at the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend, accusing his team of making a “f**k up.”

The Mercedes star was unhappy with being put on a two-stop strategy as he felt it hindered his chance of winning the race.

The Brit was right as he finished third, behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel.

And Hamilton fumed at his team in a series of outbursts over his team radio.

But Wolff is not worried by the five-time world champion voicing his concerns during the race.

“It’s not hard at all, because we completely acknowledge that a driver is eager to win and wants to maximise every opportunity, and if you don’t it’s simply annoying,” Wolff said.

“I think we completely understand each other’s position.

“Lewis knows that very well and has total understanding for us in the garage.

“It’s very difficult to take the right decisions in order to ensure maximum points.

“As long as you embrace the different positions, we have always come back, discussed it and moved forward as an even stronger unit.”

Hamilton raged over his team radio during the Japanese Grand Prix.

“How have I lost that much time?” he said.

“I’m out of the race now. Can you guys explain a bit please?

“I’m basically out of the race.”

He later added: “ “That’s just a f**k up up man. Now I’ve got to close the gap too.”

Hamilton can win a sixth world title of his career next weekend if he wins the Mexican Grand Prix and Bottas finishes fifth or below.


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