Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is confident that Lewis Hamilton will come back stronger than ever following his second retirement of the season in Canada last weekend.
Both Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg were hit with a glitch on their cars that affected the ERS system, which in turn caused their brakes to fail and their straight line speed to drop. The problem on Hamilton’s car was so severe that the Briton had to pull out, while Rosberg was able to manage the issue and finish the race in second place.
As a result of the DNF, Hamilton now trails Rosberg by 22 points in the drivers’ championship, but Wolff is confident that his driver will bounce back.
“Obviously, Nico now holds an increased gap at the top of the championship, but Lewis is a fighter and I have no doubt that he will come back stronger than ever,” Wolff explained. “There is still a long way to go with twelve races remaining – thirteen if you count the double points round – so his challenge is far from over.
“This race shows how quickly things can change – not just between drivers, but between teams also – so we will be pushing harder than ever to ensure that we do not give away any more valuable points to our rivals.”
Wolff also explained how the team immediately worked to fix the problem on the cars after the race, as well as taking steps to prevent it from happening again.
“A small glitch in what has been an extremely reliable package so far this season proved to be extremely detrimental when it really counted on Sunday,” he said. “It’s something we immediately moved to analyse, understand and rectify to make sure it does not happen again.”
Despite this setback in Canada, Mercedes still looks set to win both championships in 2014, although it might have reduced the chances of the team doing so before the end of the main European season.