Toto Wolff Refuses to Term Lewis Hamilton’s Disastrous F1 Restart a ‘Mistake’

Published 06/08/2021, 5:42 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Mercedes endured a terrible weekend yet again at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was the favorite to win the race after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen retired. However, a grave error cost the Briton the race win and forced him down the order, forcing him to finish in a lowly 15th. His team principal, Toto Wolff, firmly stands by him and believes Hamilton will come back stronger.


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When the race restarted after Verstappen’s lap 47 crash, Hamilton was in second behind race leader Sergio Perez. The Knight attacked him on the first turn itself, but overshot and went into the run-off area, losing several positions.

Wolff comes to defend Lewis Hamilton after Baku disaster


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Speaking to Sky Sports, Wolff said, “I just need to let him know that this wasn’t because of a mistake by him. He doesn’t make any mistakes. That is what you need to remember. I wouldn’t wish for anyone else to be in the car.”

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Even though Valtteri Bottas finished above Hamilton, he still failed to secure points as he finished in 12th place. Thus, the Silver Arrows came home empty-handed from Azerbaijan.

However, owing to their marvelous performances before the Monaco GP, they are still in second place in the constructor’s standings.

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The Knight shares an important message after the Azerbaijan GP

It’s rare that you see Hamilton finish outside points at a Grand Prix. In fact, his 15th place finish broke his 54 race streak of points finishes in F1.

Unfortunately, as he was trying to take the lead from Perez in Baku, his brakes failed, and couldn’t make it into turn 1. As a result, he fell down to P15, his worst result in years.

So, he took to Twitter after the race to motivate and apologize to his Mercedes colleagues.


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Lewis wrote, “Today was a humbling experience. We worked so hard to put ourselves back in the top 10 today after a rocky week here in Baku. We gave it our all today and a small error caused the brakes to switch off. Sorry to the team, we’ll come back stronger for the next race.”

Now the seven-time world champion looks to the French GP in the coming weeks. Hamilton would aim to bounce back and help his team to fight for the title this season.

Will he come back stronger and beat his rivals? We just have to wait and find out. But what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.


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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.