Lewis Hamilton ‘told to stop complaining’ by Toto Wolff during miserable Austrian Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton was told to stop complaining by Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff during the Austrian Grand Prix.
After yet another tough start to the season, things were beginning to improve for Hamilton and Mercedes after encouraging performances in Canada and Spain.
However, Hamilton only managed to qualify fifth for the Austrian Grand Prix whilst teammate George Russell started 11th.
Throughout the race, a lot of drivers were given warnings for exceeding track limits.
Hamilton was one of six drivers handed a five-second penalty for failing to keep their cars within the white lines, especially at turn 10.
On the back of his penalty, Hamilton took to the team radio to complain about other drivers doing the same thing.
He said: “(Sergio)Perez is going off at turn 10, if they're noting everyone they might as well know.
“Perez off again, has he got a penalty yet? This guy's going off every single time!”
The Brit continued: “Is there a reason why the stewards haven’t given out those penalties yet?”
After his race engineer explained the stewards were still dishing out warnings and penalties, a seemingly agitated Wolff said: “Lewis, the car is bad. We know. Please drive it.”
"Lewis, the car is bad we know, please drive it" 📻— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) July 2, 2023
Toto Wolff over team radio to Lewis Hamilton 👇 pic.twitter.com/yRRZTC23RY
Fans were quick to react on social media.
One said: “Toto Wolff clearly telling Lewis to stop complaining there, that tone of voice was loud!”
Another tweeted: “Even Toto is annoyed with him.”
A third fan added: “Toto Wolff telling Lewis Hamilton to shut up in the nicest way lol.”
During his post-race interview, Hamilton was asked if he faced any issues with the car during the race.
The 38-year-old said: “Uh, what problems? There was nothing wrong with the car. The car was fine.”
Hamilton then said there’s work to be done ahead of next weekend’s British Grand Prix.
The seven-time world champion added: “Lando did a great job today, McLaren were super quick. Wasn’t expecting them to be as fast as they were but we weren’t expecting to be as slow as we were either.
“This track just highlighted some areas for us to work on. Not the greatest of days. The way the car felt doesn’t surprise me, no.”