Mercedes have ‘easy route’ out of Lewis Hamilton issues as Toto Wolff outlines plan

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has insisted that he has an ‘easy’ way to overcome issues suffered by Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in the first five Grands Prix this season. Hamilton and Russell have lacked performance in 2022 and have trailed behind their Ferrari and Red Bull counterparts.


Mercedes have struggled with pace in the opening months, with Hamilton ominously insisting after Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix that the W13 car is no faster than it was at the season-opener in Bahrain.


Hamilton and Russell finished sixth and fifth respectively in Miami. Seven-time world champion Hamilton has already ruled out winning a record eighth title, with Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen engrossed in a battle at the top of the drivers’ leaderboard.


“I think there is an easy route out and you just say, ‘We are not able to generate it over the floor’ and you patch it up, make it stiffer and see where you end up in performance,” Wolff said of the W13’s performance, implying that Mercedes will continue to take risks as they develop their car.


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