Mercedes main Toto Wolff insists it is ‘irrelevant’ that Hamilton finished driving crew-mate Russell

Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff insists it is ‘irrelevant’ that Lewis Hamilton finished guiding staff-mate George Russell after his worst ever time in F1… as he promises the group will bounce back future year

Hamilton experienced still a different ill-fated race in concluding spherical in Abu DhabiHe concluded 35 details driving crew-mate George Russell in the standingsIt was the first time Hamilton had unsuccessful to sign-up at least a person acquire in a season 

Toto Wolff has defended Lewis Hamilton’s ‘defeat’ by his crew-mate George Russell, dismissing it as irrelevant.

The Mercedes workforce principal sent his verdict right after Hamilton suffered but a different unwell-fated race in the concluding round in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, when his gearbox unsuccessful 3 laps from the finish.

The retirement left him 35 points guiding Russell and sixth in the standings to his junior partner’s fourth, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz separating them in fifth. 

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has defended Lewis Hamilton after his worst F1 season

Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff has defended Lewis Hamilton right after his worst F1 period

But when questioned about the discrepancy Wolff stated: ‘Irrelevant. They are not racing for a world championship. They have not raced for victories apart from Brazil (the place Russell received).’

This was the initially time Hamilton has done a time devoid of at minimum one earn to his identify due to the fact generating his debut in 2007. 

Despite a very poor period, Wolff stated he does not truly feel as empty now as he did 12 months back. 

Sixth placed Hamilton finished 35 points behind team-mate George Russell, who came fourth

Sixth placed Hamilton finished 35 factors guiding staff-mate George Russell, who arrived fourth

‘Last 12 months was substantially even worse,’ claimed the Austrian. ‘Last calendar year it was taken absent from us. This 12 months we dropped it on benefit. We just were not very good enough.

‘But that particular report about race wins doesn’t make a difference a large amount.

‘It is far more about helping to set the phase for next period. We have the suitable pillars in area.’