Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has reaffirmed his loyalty towards his team, Mercedes AMG Petronas in times of turmoil. The British driver failed to make it into P3 and then went to qualify 14th for the Imola GP. He talked about how it isn’t in his “DNA to pack up.”
Hamilton said, “I am 100 per cent committed to this team and there is nowhere else I want to be. Just because we have hit a rough patch, it is not in my DNA to pack up. We are still world champions and we can fix this.
The 36-year-old then talked about how this could be a difficult season with technical difficulties and countless mistakes made over the first few races. He said, “It will be a painful year that we will have to ride out together,” he further added. Well, I lost points… well I lost positions, so it wasn’t a rescue. Unable to do that today, unfortunately. The car has felt like it’s felt all year, not that great.”
“We’re faced with this issue, there’s nothing I can do. All I’ve been doing is trying to do the best job I can: some weekends it goes well, some weekends it doesn’t. We’re obviously not fighting for the championship, we’re fighting to get into the top 10 at the moment, ” he continued.
He’s the right guy: Rosberg
After the Sprint race qualification, Hamilton was seen arguing with his team principal Toto Wolff. The incident then sparked up many questions and speculations about Wolff’s leadership skills in a difficult season. Addressing this issue, former F1 champion and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg talked about Toto Wolff’s importance to the team.
“Toto is obviously one of the best team leaders that we’ve ever seen in the sport,” Rosberg said to Sky Sports F1. “He’s very, very strong in keeping people together and motivated. Of course, he’ll have outbursts of angriness, as we’ve maybe seen, but I still believe that he’s the right guy to keep such a team going in such a difficult situation.