Lewis Hamilton’s season troubles continued during the Monaco weekend as he failed to compete with the frontrunners Red Bull and Ferrari. The seven-time world champ has failed to win a single race during the 2022 championship. Also, he recently finished P8 in Monaco. As the frustrations continue for Mercedes and Hamilton, team principal Toto Wolff believes that Hamilton’s string of unlucky moments will end soon, and the pendulum will finally swing in his favor.
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s teammate Geroge Russell continued his top-five finish streak in 2022 with a P5 in Monaco. Russell is currently fourth in the drivers’ championship with 84 points. Meanwhile, Lewis is in the sixth place with mere fifty points so far after seven races in the championship. However, Wolff thinks that the two Mercedes drivers have almost the same pace. But a string of unlucky situations has restricted Hamilton from earning some crucial points and performing better in races.
The Mercedes boss further revealed that Lewis went through bad spells. He made contact with Esteban Ocon before getting stuck behind Fernando Alonso for the most part of Sunday’s race. Moreover, the red flag during the qualifying restricted the Briton to P8 on the grid. However, Toto added, “I think the pendulum will swing so that these unlucky situations will stop for Lewis.”
Mercedes boss felt that Hamilton could have been up there challenging Lando Norris and George in the front because he had the pace. Moreover, Wolff revealed that both drivers were on the same pace as they led the practice sessions alternatively to get the W13 right because that is the ultimate priority before the race.
Toto Wolff Assures Mercedes Are Working hard To Cover The Gap:
After a strong team performance in Barcelona, the Silver Arrows reached Monaco with a great deal of confidence. However, Mercedes struggled to match Red Bull and Ferrari’s pace. The former Austrian driver shared that Mercedes were simply not as quick as their rivals which is quite unacceptable.
Wolff feels that the Silver Arrows are the third fastest team and neither second nor fourth. He felt that the team has two strong drivers. Toto also stated that everyone was frustrated because of the gap. And they are looking for ways to catch up. The Mercedes team principal added, “If you look optimistically it’s five-tenth. If you are looking at it pessimistically it’s more like eight-tenths.”