Lewis Hamilton asked to quit F1 and “stay at home” if driving Mercedes W13 is “too difficult”

Lewis Hamilton has been far from happy with the W13 this year. While Mercedes may well have got its design wrong, one can somewhat understand Hamilton’s mood given the intense back-pain the driver experienced during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The seven-time world champion was constantly communicating over the phone and explaining just how much agony he was in.

However, AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost is sick of hearing the same things from Hamilton over and over again.

He offered some simple advice to Hamilton, who this week again commented on how the W13 was actually worse in Montreal than it had been in the previous Grand Prix.

Tost believes that Hamilton should “stay at home” if his car is “too difficult” to drive.

“These are Formula 1 cars. This is not a Rolls-Royce, and drivers should be aware about this,” said Tost.

“If the cars are too stiff or it’s too difficult for them, maybe they should stay at home in the living room, sitting in the chair, and then they can do the races in TV or where, I don’t know.”

Tost wants Hamilton to toughen up

Lewis Hamilton in pain. Credit: racingnews365.com
Lewis Hamilton in pain. Credit: racingnews365.com

While Tost said that he understood that Hamilton was not feigning the pain, he was quick to assert that it is very much part of the sport and something all drivers need to cope with.

“On one hand, I can understand it’s not so easy for them. On the other hand, this is a Formula 1 car,” Tost said.

“I remember back when the ‘wing cars’ were out there, there was a driver coming to me on Sunday evening and says ‘tomorrow I have to go to the dentist because I lose my fillings in the bend because the cars are so hard to drive’. It’s nothing new.

“First of all, the drivers must do more training for the neck muscles and for the gluteus maximus, then this helps for sure.”

Tost said that he was unsure whether FIA’s intervention would actually benefit teams that greatly.

“How much this can be controlled, I don’t know yet,” Tost said.

“But at Scuderia AlphaTauri we support the FIA, we will give them the data and then we will see what could be the result.”

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