Toto Wolff has thrown his assist round driver Lewis Hamilton after the seven-time world champion suffered one other irritating race on the Monaco Grand Prix, ending in P8.
And the Mercedes group boss insists that it’s only a matter of time earlier than the “pendulum swings” in his driver’s favour after so many “unfortunate conditions”.
Teammate George Russell got here house fifth in Monaco – to proceed his streak of ending within the high 5 in each 2022 race thus far – and lies fourth within the drivers’ championship with 84 factors – whereas Hamilton is sixth with simply 50. However Wolff believes that regardless of the hole, his two drivers are “very a lot on the identical tempo”.
“I believe while you take a look at the unhealthy spells that Lewis had – I imply take a look at the race as we speak, caught once more, contact with Esteban [Ocon], caught behind Fernando (Alonso),” stated Wolff.
“The crimson flag yesterday in qualifying after which you understand what occurs in races earlier than. I believe the pendulum will swing in order that these unfortunate conditions will cease with Lewis.
“He may have been proper there and closed on Lando’s (Norris) pit cease window and even struggle with George and Lando within the entrance as a result of that was his tempo. They’re very a lot on the identical tempo, one apply the one leads, then the opposite, and that’s nice how additionally they work collectively to get our automobile straight as a result of we have to get that automobile straight.”
Mercedes went into the Monaco weekend with big optimism after a powerful efficiency in Barcelona, however having struggled to maintain up with Crimson Bull and Ferrari, Wolff was requested whether or not his group’s points have been observe particular. The Austrian says they’re merely not as fast as their rivals, which he believes is unacceptable.
“If the issue is that we are able to say effectively that it is a observe the place it’s going a bit bit higher prefer it was in Barcelona or a observe that’s worse like in Monaco,” stated Wolff.
“I believe we’re the third group. We aren’t second and we aren’t fourth. We’ve two extraordinarily robust drivers nevertheless it’s an enormous annoyance for all of us that the hole is about the identical. In case you are it optimistically it’s five-tenths, in case you are it pessimistically it’s extra like eight-tenths. And that’s clearly for all of us at Mercedes, not acceptable.”