Wolff: We have no doubts about Hamilton
13 June 2013 – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff has said Lewis Hamilton is performing to their expectations, even if the Briton hasn’t been happy with his own form.
Hamilton took his third podium of the season in Canada last weekend, increasing his tally to 77 points.
However, while team-mate, Nico Rosberg only finished fifth at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and has scored only 57 points – 20 less than Hamilton, the German of course took the win in Monte Carlo, and has taken three pole positions, to Lewis’ one.
“I don't have that feeling we lack confidence in him. I think we will see great races from Lewis. I've no doubt about that,” Wolff told BBC Sport.
“Maybe he has been surprised with Nico's pace. Now he [Nico] has proven he is really quick and this came as a surprise for Lewis, but I don't think it's a real problem.
“We saw he was very strong in Canada where he was on course for pole before he missed his braking in the last sector, which was really wet.”
Wolff also rejected suggestions that Hamilton’s form has been adversely affected by the increased freedom he is now enjoying since making the move from McLaren to Mercedes for 2013.
“For sure, it's different here to McLaren. We're trying to give him freedom, but I don't think it's the reason why he hasn't performed up to his expectations, although he has performed up to ours,” Wolff continued.
“Nico obviously had a great run. He showed he is a top guy and a top driver, and it's been the best situation for our team.
“But I don't think there is any specific reason at this stage to say he has a problem or is struggling severely.
“It is also still early in the season for him and he is just beginning with the team, whereas Nico has been here for a couple of years.”