LEWIS HAMILTON received a submissive apology from his boss for his “undriveable” Mercedes car, which he said was “not worthy of a world champion”.
The Brit has ruled himself out of the F1 title race again after just FOUR races following his humiliating 13th place finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Merc boss Toto Wolff told Hamilton: “Sorry for what you had to drive today. I know this is not drivable.
“We’re not good enough for a world champion, not worthy of a world champion.”
Mercedes team-mate George Russell claims the car’s violent bouncing at speed is so bad it causes severe CHEST PAIN.
Wolff added: “We have to fix the car. I think we can take a step to understand the car, develop it and fix the judder.”
Hamilton, 37, has endured mechanical failures, crashes and missed races.
But this result in Italy – measured solely in terms of pure pace – is certainly the low point in the career of the seven-time world champion.
He said: “I’m definitely out of the championship, no question. I’ll keep working as hard as I can and try to put it back together somehow.”
Russell, who finished fourth despite problems with his car, says the aerodynamic issue – causing the car to ‘float’ – needs to be addressed by Mercedes experts.
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Brit Russell, 24, said: “The jumping was the most extreme I’ve ever felt.
“I hope that the team will find a solution because it is not sustainable for the riders to continue at this level.
“This is the first weekend that I’ve been struggling with my back and chest pain due to the severity of the impact.
“But it’s what we have to do to get the fastest lap times out of the car.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5193995/f1-lewis-hamilton-toto-wolff-apology-imola/ Lewis Hamilton creeps out apologies from Mercedes boss Toto Wolff for ‘undriveable’ car after being lapped at Imola