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Wolff: Hamilton's issue with Mercedes car cannot be cured quickly

Lewis Hamilton has spoken of his struggles to "connect" with Mercedes' W14 car, and team boss Toto Wolff has shed some light on the problem.

Toto Wolff admits that Lewis Hamilton's problem with Mercedes' 2023 car is not one that can be cured "quickly". Hamilton spoke of his struggle to "connect" to the W14 after Saturday's qualifying session in Saudi Arabia, which the Briton ended in P8. While Hamilton went on to finish the race in P5, Wolff acknowledges that it is important that the team listen to the seven-time World Champion's feedback on the car.

Wolff on Hamilton's car issue

"I think it's [that] we have a fundamental issue that he's not happy with, and that is linked to where he feels the rear end of the car is," Wolff told media, including RacingNews365.com , when asked to shed light on Hamilton's concern. "That's not something that can be cured quickly. "But the drivers are the most important sensors in the car, and if they tell us that's what they feel, we need to consider that."

No reason to believe Hamilton will walk away, says Wolff

Following Mercedes' challenging start to the 2023 F1 season, Wolff has voiced his confidence that this will not impact Hamilton's desire to stay with the team. When asked about the topic again in Saudi Arabia, the Team Principal reiterated his belief that Hamilton is keen to keep on fighting alongside the Silver Arrows. "He's a fighter, and so are we," Wolff said. "If the fight's on, you stay in the fight and you don't throw the towel in. "I think that's how we all are in the team, and that's why I have no reason to believe that he's going to walk away from it."

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