Toto Wolff: “We’re just sorry to have let Lewis down…”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that Lewis Hamilton’s Canadian retirement had not necessarily handed a crucial championship advantage to Nico Rosberg, given the length of the season.

Rosberg gained 18 points on his rival by salvaging second place in Montreal.

“I wouldn’t say that,” said Wolff when asked if the odds were against Hamilton. “How many races are we in the season now, seven? So we are having another 13, with double points! So we have 13 races left. First of all we have to be careful in saying that it’s an easy home run for us, because you can see they have scored massive points, Red Bull today, and you can lose that gap really quickly. But I guess between the two of them it’s going to come back to an end of season with double points.”

Regarding Hamilton’s frustrating day, he said: “We’re just sorry to have let Lewis down, and it’s a shame, particularly when the championship is as close as it is. But he’s in good spirits and he’s a fighter and I have no doubt that he will come back.

“As for Nico he deserved to take those points, because he had a car which was heavily handicapped against all others. He managed to pull out a mega first sector where the power loss was not as bad as obviously the back straight, and he deserves to have that second place.”

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