Lewis Hamilton: Toto Wolff says communication and trust needed improvement at Turkish GP


Toto Wolff has said some work is needed on trust and communication at Mercedes after the way their race ended at the Turkish Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton dropping from third to fifth in the latter stages.

Whilst Valtteri Bottas went largely unchallenged out in front in Istanbul, plenty of eyes were trained on teammate Lewis Hamilton as he looked to rise through the field from 11th on the grid.

At one point, he'd gotten himself up to third place and a podium-paying position but, of course, that is not where he ended as he came home fifth after a late pit-stop.

It's that pit-stop, too, that has been a source of contention with Hamilton eager to stay out on his well-worn intermediate tyres to try and come home in third, and Mercedes worried that he'd eventually lose pace or suffer a blowout and drop more points in the final laps anyway.

Indeed, the team won out in the end and brought Lewis in - much to Hamilton's initial dismay - and Wolff says that all involved will look to learn from events in the closing stages:

“I think we just really need to work on the communication to trust each other and in a way be able to describe what we are aiming for.

“We have no problem at all with tough conversations on the radio before you have complete information and obviously, we wouldn’t speak like this to Lewis because he is driving the car at 320kph.

“But that is all okay, so absolutely we are totally aligned. We have been together for eight years and we have thick skin enough to understand that a driver in the car is just frustrated about a situation but he will understand afterwards.


“It’s very difficult because the communication needs to flow in both directions and that is crucial.

“The driver is the vital sensor on track that will tell you about the grip levels.

“But the driver doesn’t see himself relative to the other drivers and the other performances.

“So that information we need to work on because we’ve had what Lewis called a ‘genius stroke’ in terms of strategy last time around.”

Hamilton obviously felt he could bring the car home but the data was worrying Mercedes too much for them to let him do so. 

That's Formula 1 when all is said and done, though, and we'll never truly know who was, or would have been, right.

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