Toto Wolff Trusted ‘False Data’ Costing Lewis Hamilton a Chance in the Title Fight

Sabyasachi Biswas
|Published 19/03/2023

Toto Wolff recently made a shocking revelation that cost Lewis Hamilton a shot at the championship. The engineers from Brackley trusted inaccurate data to develop their car in the wrong direction. The Silver Arrows have confirmed that they recognized the wrong move and will take steps to undo that and go the right way.

As per Auto Motor Und Sport, Wolff shared that they worked on incorrect data received from the simulator. Despite the struggle last year, the win in Brazil gave them hope and that was all for the team to move on in the wrong direction.

After bringing in the unusual and radical zero-side pod concept, the team continued working on it. They believed that it would be possible to improve the car and give Hamilton a chance to be Championship-worthy again. But the Bahrain Grand Prix and Saudi Arabian qualification were all to ruin their hopes.

Hamilton, who was in the hunt for his eighth world championship suffered to a great extent as W13 and W14 kept giving him hard times. Now, the team has decided to get done with the radical concept.

The Mercedes boss confirmed a change on this to make the car competitive again. But he did not reveal the exact date.

Lewis Hamilton shared his struggle story with W14

For back-to-back two-race weekends, Hamilton hasn’t been at his habitual best. The man who expected to fight for the championship with Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, finding it tough to settle down with W14.

As per RaceFans, the seven-time world champion struggled to extract performance from the Silver Arrows challenger. Saying he can’t connect to the car, Hamilton suffers from a lack of confidence. His qualifying performance in Bahrain and Jeddah has been a stern example of that.

Mercedes remained the fourth-best team despite efforts

In the back-to-back race weekends, the Silver Arrows remained the fourth-best team. The team from Brackley is currently behind Red Bull, Ferrari, and Aston Martin when it comes to pure pace.

In Bahrain, the two W14s qualified in P6 and P7, while they finished the race in P5 and P7, [thanks to Charles Leclerc’s DNF]. In Jeddah, the Mercedes duo managed to settle for P4 and P8 in the qualification. In all of these outings, the Silver Arrows were behind the aforementioned teams.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

Sabyasachi Biswas

Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 journalist at The SportsRush. With over one and a half decades of love for the sport and five years of experience in the field, he dreams to be a regular at the paddock when the lights go out. A Red Bull fan and F1 fan in general over the years, he enjoyed watching Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel, and Max Verstappen dominate the track. Apart from F1, he's also a big-time Madridista and Federer fanatic. He was a sub-junior level footballer, won inter-district quizzes and debate competitions back in school. A travel freak throughout, he tries different cuisines and learns new cultures whenever he's away from the keyboard.

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