Wolff Explains Why Hamilton is NOT Responsible for His F1 Crash at Sochi

Published 09/25/2021, 11:27 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren team principal Toto Wolff before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Lewis Hamilton was aiming for pole position for the Russian Grand Prix. However, things started to fall apart in Q3, where the Brit damaged the front wing of his Mercedes while entering the pits; this saw the 7-times world champion lose precious time.

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Additionally, Hamilton spun in the final minutes of qualifying, losing out on an opportunity to get a provisional pole. However, team boss, Toto Wolff, doesn’t think that team or the driver made any mistakes in Sochi and is still optimistic about getting a good result.

Wolff will not point fingers at Lewis Hamilton after a disastrous qualifying session

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The Silver Arrows were hoping for a better quali session on Saturday afternoon in Sochi. However, in the final round of the session, Hamilton made crucial errors which costed the Brackley-based squad to miss out on pole position. Instead of blaming anyone, Wolff doesn’t see any mistakes.

As quoted from Formuel1.nl, the Austrian boss said, “I don’t think this is a situation where you can say ‘we made a mistake’. It is also not the case that the drivers played a role in this. Even if Lewis hadn’t hit the wall, we wouldn’t have had time for that. That’s why I don’t want to talk about mistakes.”

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 25, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the pits during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

Wolff added, “No one has a crystal ball. It’s a shame because this cost us first and second on the grid. Lewis can definitely still win from his starting spot, so that should be the goal as well.” (Translated from Dutch via Google)

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Can Hamilton redeem himself on Sunday?

There is no doubt that Lewis had set his eyes on the front row of the grid for the Russian GP. However, his mistakes in the quali session will see him starting in fourth place for Sunday’s race.

Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Even though he is disappointed not to get a pole, he will have some breathing space, as his arch-rival, Max Verstappen, will start from the back of the grid

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What are your expectations for Hamilton tomorrow? Will he take the chequered flag? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section 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.

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