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“Shouldn’t Sign a New Contract”: Chaos Erupts at Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton Ignores Toto Wolff After Disrespectful Radio Message to Leave Fans Furious

Published 07/03/2023, 9:45 AM EDT

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The Austrian race weekend has been one to forget for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. Nothing went right for the Briton, right from Qualifying to the Sprint to the Main race. A P5 in Qualifying could be the only result to be considered decent, let alone good. The Sunday race was more frustrating for him than disappointing. He was penalized for exceeding track limits. But, when he complained about others exceeding track limits, Team Principal Toto Wolff admonished him. And following that message, there was complete silence on the radio.

On Sunday, Hamilton overtook Lando Norris to get P4 in the 1st lap. Unfortunately for him, Norris had taken up the role of a strict taskmaster. He constantly told his engineer that Hamilton was exceeding track limits. And the FIA made a clear note of the same and gave a 5-second penalty to Hamilton. After that, the 7-time champion had a complete meltdown. First, he told his race engineer, Peter “Bono” Bonnington, “This car’s slow, mate.” Later, he said on the radio, “I can’t keep it on the track, the car won’t turn.”

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At one point in the race, he was battling Sergio Perez ahead of him. When he saw Perez’s car go beyond the white lines multiple times, he complained about it on his team radio. After a point, Toto Wolff interjected on the radio and said, “Lewis the car is bad, we know. Please drive it.” After that, there was not a word said by Hamilton on the radio. And surprisingly, it was reported that the British racer did not even attend the post-race debrief. Following such an incident, fans are backing Hamilton to not sign a new contract with Mercedes.

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Also, there could be a possibility of great turmoil in the Mercedes Garage after such an incident. While that might not be made public, the unrest among fans is rising.

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Ever since the Controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi GP, not a lot seems to be going right for Hamilton. And after the new 2022 car design regulations, Mercedes hasn’t been able to provide a car quick enough for victory. Looking at such unfavorable factors and the disrespectful behavior from Wolff, fans believe that Lewis Hamilton should not sign a new contract with Mercedes. Let us look at what the LH army had to say.

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The tensions seem to be running high for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. With each passing race weekend, the contract uncertainty increases. And while upgrades for other teams are working out very well, Mercedes is missing out on valuable points.

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Yash Kotak

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Yash is a F1 writer at EssentiallySports. With a strong passion for communicating through written word and a keen interest in the world of motorsports, he thoroughly enjoys being a fan of F1 and covering it for other fans. Ever since he watched the 'INSIDE TRACKS' episode covering the 2018 German Grand Prix, he has fallen in love with the intriguingly complex world of F1.
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Varunkumaar Chelladurai