May 27 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Lewis Hamilton is not at Brackley this week as Mercedes tackles the bungled mess of the Briton’s Monaco grand prix.
The reigning world champion was dominant all weekend in the Principality, but is now having to get over the anger and disappointment of not winning by relaxing on a luxury yacht.
Hamilton posted a photo of his sea travels on social media, while back at Mercedes’ headquarters, team management was analysing how the 30-year-old’s race strategy was so badly bungled.
Team boss Toto Wolff even took to Twitter on Tuesday to face legions of angry Hamilton fans, some of whom might even have bought into the wildest conspiracy theories about Mercedes having deliberately added spice to the 2015 title race.
“Would we ever do this to the guy leading the championship with Ferrari a real threat to us? Answer: NO,” Wolff exclaimed.
As for claims Hamilton was brought into the pits so that German Nico Rosberg could complete his Monaco hat-trick, the Austrian added: “Whoever would start such rumours needs their head examined.
“Criticism is ok but we have no respect for dumb comments or abuse.
“Just to make one thing clear,” Wolff added, “we’re right in the middle of this and just as frustrated about our mistake as many of you!
“This is our life, we eat breathe sleep F1.”
And he is certain that, once Hamilton resurfaces in Montreal, the 30-year-old Briton’s campaign will be fully back on track.
“I spoke to him just after the race, but it’s best to let it calm down for a day or two,” said Wolff.
“Trust is a key value without our team,” he answered to another Twitter question. “One race doesn’t tip that over.”