Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff: Things are getting tough now / Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton, George Russell and Mercedes technicians are protecting the couch higher often known as the Mercedes W13. But will or not it’s sufficient to win once more in 2023?


Until the top of final yr, such a factor would have been unimaginable – the long-time winner of the Constructors’ Cup, Mercedes-Benz, with no single victory within the season. If issues proceed like this: it might be the primary winless season in Formula 1 since 2011 for the star-studded model.

For Lewis Hamilton, it might be the primary season with no victory in motor racing – because the extraordinary English expertise received not less than every year from 2002 to 2021, a complete of 140 trophies that Lewis Hamilton managed to elevate.

Lewis Hamilton after fifth place at Monza: “We need to be life like – beneath regular circumstances Red Bull Racing is unbeatable. In phrases of pure efficiency, they surpass all the pieces else.”

According to Toto Wolff, head of the Mercedes group, the scenario is slowly getting worse. Because the 50-year-old Austrian mentioned on the Italian Grand Prix: “We did not have the instruments, the mandatory modeling and the understanding to acknowledge that we have been going to face these challenges in improvement. What we did not notice was that we could not drive the automobile as designed. We hardly ever deliver the automobile to the optimum working window by way of aerodynamics and mechanics. It took us months to make some progress.”

“We don’t consider that we have now discovered the Holy Grail, that we perceive all the pieces and that all the pieces can be tremendous subsequent yr. These weeks are essential. Within these two months, we should always clearly perceive what we have to do by 2023.”

Lewis Hamilton can be working laborious for 2023. The Briton mentioned: “Every time I get into this automobile, I get the possibility to offer my group extra info – to get us on the street to 2023.”

“I spend most of my time in conferences speaking to the completely different division heads about what we are able to do to be aggressive subsequent season. We’re speaking about each possible space – brakes, gear ratios, suspension, floor clearance, aerodynamics. It’s about how the automobile ought to behave when braking into corners and accelerating out of corners. As a driver, I attempt my finest to contribute to the design of the racer.”

Italian Grand Prix, Autodromo Nazionale Monza

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:20:27.511 h.
02. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +2.446s
03. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +3,405
04. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +5,061
05. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +5,380
06. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +6,091
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +6,207
08. Pierre Gasly (F), AlfaTauri, +6,396
09. Nick de Vries (NL), Williams, +7,122
10. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +7,910
11. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +8.323
12. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +8.549
13. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1 lap
14. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +1 Rde
15. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +1 lap
16. Kevin Magnussen (PC), Haas, +1 lap
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia), McLaren, engine failure
Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, Energy Recovery
Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, lack of water, engine overheating
Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, power restoration

Championship standing (after 16 out of twenty-two races)

01. Verstappen 335 factors
02. Leclerc 219
03. Perez 210
04. Russell 203
05. Sainz 187
06. Hamilton 168
07. Norris 88
08. Okon 66
09. Alonso 59
10. Botta is 46 years previous
11. Gasly 22
12. Magnussen 22
13. Hag 20
14. Ricardo 19
15. Schumacher 12
16. Tsunoda 11
17. Zhou 6
18. Walk 5
19. Album 4
20. De Vries 2
21. Latifi 0
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Constructor’s Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 545 factors
02. Ferrari 406
03. Mercedes 371
04. Alpine 125
05. McLaren 107
06. Alfa Romeo 52
07. Haas 34
08. AlphaTauri 33
09. Aston Martin 25
10. Williams 6


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