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Lewis Hamilton

Wolff doesn't believe Hamilton was negatively affected by Verstappen clash fallout

The first-lap collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix led to increased tensions between Mercedes and Red Bull. Whilst Hamilton was the subject of much of this, Toto Wolff has not seen any signs that the Briton was harmed by the fallout.

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Toto Wolff does not believe that the fallout following the events of the British Grand Prix had any negative effect on Lewis Hamilton.

The seven-time World Champion clashed with title rival Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the race, resulting in Verstappen crashing out whilst Hamilton went on to win, despite having also served a 10-second penalty for his role in the incident. Red Bull went on to appeal this, arguing that Hamilton deserved a harsher punishment, but this was unsuccessful.

This seemed to lead to even more tension between Mercedes and Red Bull, with the Silver Arrows issuing a statement accusing their opposition of trying to tarnish Hamilton's name. However, Wolff thinks that the 36-year-old has not let any of the events bother him.

"He's very robust and resilient, because history made him like that," Wolff told select media including RacingNews365.com just before the Hungarian Grand Prix. "We spoke a lot, but it wasn't part of our discussion, or it wasn't a big part of our discussion."

Wolff feels that he knows Hamilton well enough to see in their discussions after Silverstone that the Briton had not been mentally harmed by the events.

"We know each other pretty well, and our communication is often and transparent," the Mercedes Team Principal explained. "And at no time was there a negativity around anything that could have affected him or me.

"It was more about assessing the situation and discussing actually [our] Hungary performance. So it didn't harm him or anything like that."

The fallout from the events of Silverstone seemed to also show at the Hungaroring when Hamilton received boos and jeers from some members of the crowd, something that Wolff expressed his disapproval of, though he also acknowledged that emotions were still running high for fans following the British Grand Prix.

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