Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was seen engaging in a rather heated exchange with team boss Toto Wolff after yet another poor performance during qualifying.

The result sees him line up in 13th spot for Saturday’s sprint race.

Hamilton put on a drab lap before the rain intervention and he was unable to improve it after this.

It was a similarly frustrating affair for his teammate George Russell, who also failed to make the top-10.

They will hope that they can make up some ground during the 21-lap sprint race that takes place on Saturday.

This qualifying result for both Mercedes drivers ended a 187-race streak for the team where both cars failed to contest in Q3.

Hamilton was visibly frustrated with his Mercedes W13.

“How far are we off, man?” he said after Q1. “This is crazy.”

Hamilton may well lose out on more ground to his Ferrari rival in Charles Leclerc if early signs are anything to go by.

With points also being awarded to the top-8 during the sprint race, it makes Saturday’s event all the more important for Mercedes.

Hamilton addressed the media

Lewis Hamilton. Credit: naturaldiamonds.com

Following the day’s events, Hamilton could be seen engaging with Wolff at the back of the Mercedes garage.

“It was all internal stuff,” said Hamilton.

“I do not want to share what was said.

“You come here with optimism – you know everyone is working really hard at the factory – and when things just don’t come together, it is disappointing.

“We underperformed as a team today. There are things we should have done which we did not do but we will work as hard as we can to move up in the Sprint race. Hopefully, tomorrow is better weather-wise and we can move forward.

“We will just keep working hard, but each weekend is a rescue (effort).”

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