“The car is s**t”: Lewis Hamilton unimpressed with Mercedes’ W14 performance at Austrian Grand Prix, coach Toto Wolff pleaded ex-champ to continue

Lewis Hamilton delivered a disappointing performance at the Austrian Grand Prix held on the second of July. This performance may have many pillars of excuses, with some of them being penalties, the car’s slow pace, etc. Coach Toto Wolff also reacted to the driver’s poor performance on the radio. 

Lewis Hamilton was heard squabbling on the radio throughout the race, and the fans knew that the seven-time world champion was usually better than this. The Briton finished eighth on the grid taking home a mere 4 points.  

Lewis Hamilton’s take on W14

Lewis was not impressed with his W14 as he made the following remarks: “I can’t keep it on the track – the car won’t turn! But this track highlighted some areas for us to work on. Not the greatest of days.”

Media reported that Lewis Hamilton was not surprised with the position he received, given the car’s pace. Lewis took to Instagram to make the following comments regarding his poor performance,

“There are days when I can say I’m truly proud of myself and days like today when frustration takes over. In a race, it can feel like hanging off a cliff and losing the strength to hold on.”

“It’s confusing for us to have such strong performances one day and then be nowhere the next. But when you care about what you’re doing, brush it off and keep fighting! Heads down for Silverstone, Hope to see you all at home.”

Lewis Hamilton’s performance at Austrian Grand Prix

Lewis’s poor performance at the Red Bull Ring did not surprise most fans, as the car’s blatant shortcomings in high-speed corners (Turns 1 and 3) have become glaringly apparent over the past few races. Lewis Hamilton finished a disappointing 8th on the grid and is currently 4th on the driver’s leaderboard with 106 points to the driver’s name. 

Lewis Hamilton endured a nightmare race at the Austrian Grand Prix

An interesting factor to note here is the impressive performance by McLaren’s Lando Norris as Mercedes provides the power unit for the Mclaren racing team. Ahead of the British Grand Prix, Lando Norris will probably leave a considerable dent in the hopes of Mercedes excelling in their W14s.

Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez joined Verstappen on the podium
How the podium looked at the Austrian GP

W14 is expected to do well at the Silverstone circuit due to its similarity with the Barcelona circuit, where the W14 has performed well. Additionally, with several modifications anticipated for the Mercedes cars, fans and Lewis Hamilton should enter the upcoming weekend with a glimmer of hope.

Navneeth Menon

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