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Toto Wolff

Wolff reveals where Hamilton damaged his car at the Austrian GP

The Mercedes team principal believes Lewis Hamilton damaged his W12 at the final corner of the Red Bull Ring in the middle of the race.

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Toto Wolff has revealed that Lewis Hamilton's floor was damaged due to the aggressive kerb at Turn 10 which is why he suddenly lost pace during the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton was on course for second place but began to slow down and was overtaken by teammate Valtteri Bottas and McLaren's Lando Norris as he eventually finished in fourth.

"I think it was around lap 30, out of Turn 10 where there's a pretty aggressive kerb," Wolff revealed to RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press when asked where Hamilton incurred his damage.

"But we didn't see that there was a driving mistake. It was pretty much the load that occurred and we need to analyse why that was."

Hamilton is now 32 points behind Max Verstappen in the Drivers' Championship. Wolff feels that there's still a long way to go and is optimistic about Mercedes' title hopes.

"Of course losing every point is a blow and he lost six points compared to finishing second," said Wolff. "Adding that all up is obviously making the whole momentum go in the wrong direction.

"But, this is so far from over. He's 32 points behind Max, that's a DNF away. Then he's in the hunt again.

"If we look at Baku and the potential and if we look at the other races. Just overall, we just need to up our game, make less mistakes and continue to understand the car better, then we are still massively in the hunt."

F1 2021 Austrian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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