Hamilton had moved as much as second place within the opening stint of the race after beginning fourth on the grid, operating away from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Lando Norris after pitting for the laborious tyre.
However, shortly into the second stint, Mercedes knowledgeable Hamilton that he had picked up some damage to the left-rear of his car that was costing him downforce.
It prompted Hamilton’s lap occasions to drop and allowed each Bottas and Norris to shut up. Bottas was waved by Hamilton, with Norris then passing for third place one lap later.
A second cease included a steadiness change on Hamilton’s automobile, however he couldn’t bridge the hole to Norris, ending 26 seconds behind in fourth place.
Talking after the race in Austria, Mercedes F1 boss Wolff revealed that the preliminary suspicions had been that it had value round 30 factors of downforce, marking an enormous loss in efficiency.
“We’ve got calculated that we misplaced about 30 factors, however that is a quantity that isn’t checked but,” Wolff defined.
“However there was fairly a loss in efficiency, and that meant he was pushing the tyres in a path that wouldn’t have made it to the top in all probability.
“So we wished to judge what his efficiency actually was after the harm, and whether or not it was attainable that Valtteri may have protected in opposition to Lando, however that wasn’t attainable.
“He was additionally truthful in the direction of Valtteri to do his personal race, and that is after we determined to modify, clearly understanding that we might lose P3 to McLaren.”
Requested how a lot lap time that lack of downforce was equal to, Wolff felt it was “very troublesome to say”.
“It’s only a first guess on what we see on the sensors,” Wolff stated. “That additionally, you possibly can’t actually translate that onto lap time.”
Hamilton stated after the race that he was not sure the place he picked up the harm, however Mercedes believed it was on the ultimate nook the place drivers recurrently used the exit kerb.
Toto Wolff, Crew Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG
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“I feel it was round lap 30, out of Flip 10, the place there’s a fairly aggressive kerb,” Wolff stated.
“We didn’t see that was a driving mistake. It was just about the load that accrued, and we have to analyse why that was.”
The drop to fourth value Hamilton but extra floor within the F1 title race to Max Verstappen, who prolonged his drivers’ championship result in 32 factors with a 3rd straight victory.
“After all, dropping each level is a blow, and he misplaced, what was it, six factors in comparison with ending second,” Wolff stated.
“Including that each one up is clearly making the entire momentum going within the improper path.
“However that is so removed from over. He’s 32 factors behind Max. That’s a DNF away. And he’s within the hunt once more.
“If we take a look at Baku and the potential, and we take a look at the opposite races, total, we simply must up our sport, make much less errors, and proceed to grasp the automobile higher.
“Then we’re nonetheless massively within the hunt.”