Mercedes executive director (business) Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton will come back stronger than ever at the next round of the 2014 Formula 1 season in Austria, following the Brit’s retirement in Canada.
The 2008 world champion failed to reach the chequered flag due to complete rear brake failure, caused by a problem with the MGU-K. He is now 22 points behind Nico Rosberg – who suffered a similar issue but managed to finish second – in the drivers’ championship.
Despite dropping further behind his team-mate in the standings, Wolff believes Hamilton 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,” he said.
“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.”
Looking back at the last race weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, he added: “Canada was a weekend of mixed emotions. On the one side, we had strong pace throughout the weekend. On the other, 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.
“It’s something we immediately moved to analyse, understand and rectify to make sure it does not happen again. Nico drove a fantastic race to maintain second position, while it was just a case of extremely bad luck for Lewis who was forced to retire.”
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