Lewis Hamilton’s current mental fragility was exposed for all to see as he crossed the finish line in Imola. In an attempt to keep his driver’s chin up, Toto Wolff apologised to the former world champion for giving him such a poor car.
Yet a lap ahead George Russell had cruised to P4 after making up places at the start.
Maybe Toto thinks F1 fans don’t realise both his drivers are driving the same Mercedes.
Clearly Lewis Hamilton is not the driver he once was with just over half the points (28) of his teammate (49) after the first 4 race weekends of the season.
Wolff may have thought he was covering up for Hamilton’s poor performance finishing only P13. Yet by making such a public and clearly untrue claim about the “poor car” clearly indicates Lewis is not in the right place mentally to cope with being beaten regularly by his fellow British team mate.
Earlier in the weekend, Hamilton had admitted to Sky F1 he was already “out of the title race” and climbed out of his car during qualifying with about 25% of Q2 remaining.
Mercedes lead driver, George Russell, is the only driver to finish in the top 5 in each GP this season.