Lewis Hamilton's 'unlucky situation WILL stop,' claims Toto Wolff
Lewis Hamilton’s ‘unlucky situation WILL stop’, claims Mercedes chief Toto Wolff as he insists ‘the pendulum will swing’ because the Brit’s pace in Monaco proves he can compete… despite being 75 points behind leader Max Verstappen
- Lewis Hamilton’s woes continued at the Monaco Grand Prix as he finished eighth
- The Brit has managed just one podium finish so far this season back in Bahrain
- The latest result leaves the 37-year-old 75 points behind leader Max Verstappen
- But team principal Toto Wolff believes Hamilton showed the pace to compete
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff claimed Lewis Hamilton’s ‘unlucky situation’ this season will come to an end as he backed the Brit to pull through.
Hamilton has struggled to compete this year, managing just one podium finish when Red Bull were forced into a double retirement during the season opener in Bahrain.
The 37-year-old was forced to settle for eighth at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, leaving him 75 points behind championship leader Max Verstappen.
Toto Wolff (left) claimed Lewis Hamilton’s (right) ‘unlucky situation’ will come to an end
However, Wolff believes better days lie ahead for the seven-time world champion as he claimed the pace Hamilton showed in Monaco is already a sign of improvement.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Sunday’s race: ‘He could have been right there and could have closed Lando [Norris, sixth], or even fight with George [Russell] and Lando at the front because that was his pace.
‘When you look at the bad spells Lewis had, stuck behind Fernando [Alonso] today, the contact with Esteban [Ocon], the red flag in qualifying yesterday… I think the pendulum will swing and this unlucky situation will stop with Lewis as [he and teammate Russell] are very much on the same pace.’
The seven-time world champion came into contact with Esteban Ocon (right) on Sunday
However, if he is to compete, Hamilton may need a hand from the team’s engineers after suffering from ‘porpoising’ effect on fast straights this season and discomfort on Monaco’s bumpy track.
‘I am praying that the car doesn’t feel like it does here because here it has felt the worst it has so far with the bumps,’ Hamilton said.
‘My teeth and my jaw going the whole time, I am done with the shaking. Ours is so stiff that the suspension is driving it back into the ground.
‘I am looking forward to some more open track and I am praying that it is not as bumpy as here.’
Qualifying stopped with seconds to go after Carlos Sainz (pictured) crashed into Sergio Perez
Hamilton started eighth on the grid after qualifying ended in dramatic fashion after the running was red-flagged with just half-a-minute left on the clock.
Sergio Perez crashed into the wall on the entrance to the tunnel with Carlos Sainz collecting the Mexican’s stricken Red Bull machine.
Neither driver was injured in the slow-speed smash, but with a Red Bull and Ferrari blocking the track, the session was suspended and would not be restarted.
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