F1 teams are ‘vomit bags’ for angry drivers

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said he has no problem with Lewis Hamilton’s mundane radio messages during the Dutch Grand Prix because teams play the role of “puke bags” for their drivers at emotional moments.

Hamilton later apologized for telling the team they “ripped him off”, although he said he will never apologize for wearing his feelings on his sleeve.

Hamilton was upset that he didn’t get a new set of soft tires for the restart and couldn’t stop himself from slipping from first to fourth.

Wolff said there will always be angry drivers in F1 races.

“You get emotional… me too in the race,” said Wolff. “And when you’re the driver in the car, it just comes out of you, you can’t even stop it.

“We’re the trash can, the puke bag on the plane, and we take it all with us because we have to. It’s always been like that in a relationship between a frustrated driver and the pit wall.”

Hamilton had calmed down significantly after getting out of the car and completing his media duties.

Wolff said Hamilton didn’t need to explain much about what happened.

“We sat down and discussed the race strategy. This morning we decided to take a risk.

“It really backfired for him. I think overall the circumstances, I think having Max behind you and things like that were really uncomfortable. But there are more positives to take in. And we also talked about that: that the car is faster.”

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Emma Bowman

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