Mercedes Formula 1 boss, Toto Wolff has openly stepped forward to defend 7-time world racing champion, Lewis Hamilton after he was out-qualified by team-mate George Russell for the third consecutive race.
Hamilton qualified seventh for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, two places and 0.212 seconds behind Russell, who was 1.353secs adrift of the pole time set by Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari.
Wolff said Hamilton had been trying out different set-ups on his car as the team try to get to the bottom of their performance problems.
“Lewis has been trying some quite experimental parts of the car and there was a different floor solution on his car that didn’t work,” Wolff said.
Wolff said that although Hamilton has now lost out to Russell in Spain, Monaco and Baku, it was “too early to identify a pattern”.
Wolff said: “I am very close to it and I see one session one is faster and then next the other is. And because the car is on a knife edge, if you put a foot wrong, in terms of experiments on the car – which need to be done in order for us to learn how to perform and where to put the car – there is 0.2-0.3secs immediately between them.