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Mercedes Components 1 chief Toto Wolff feels the backlash Lewis Hamilton confronted for lacking the game’s stay occasion in London earlier this week helped spur him on to his crushing victory in Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
Hamilton went lights-to-flag at Silverstone to file his fifth residence win, heading up a one-two end for Mercedes and shifting to inside one level of Sebastian Vettel within the championship lead.
The outcome got here on the finish of a patchy week for Hamilton that noticed him come below hearth for being the one lively driver to not attend F1 Dwell in London.
“I believe that typically you want the suitable impulse to extract the utmost efficiency and that’s possibly a solution to the critics,” Wolff mentioned.
“I nonetheless do not perceive why the British hero is being overwhelmed up earlier than the grand prix and it in all probability made him much more decided to indicate his followers how he can drive, and he can drive.”
When requested if Hamilton was now the favorite for the championship, Wolff mentioned: “I believe we should not be wanting a lot in attempting to determine the favorite.
“It is halftime, 250 factors to be achieved and also you simply have to extract each inch of efficiency within the automotive, and out of the driving force, and finally the factors will add up, decrease errors like now we have accomplished up to now.
“After which after we race to finish, begin enthusiastic about the favourites.”