Wolff laments ‘bizarre situation’

Toto Wolff is hoping that Mercedes have avoid adding a penalty to Lewis Hamilton’s Russian GP woes.

The British racer qualified down in tenth place for Sunday’s Russian GP and faces a potential 10-place grid penalty after a power unit failure in qualifying.

News of Hamilton’s troubles broke in the break between Q2 and Q3 which meant the World Champion was not able to put in a single lap in the final qualifying segment.

It is not the first time that Hamilton has suffered such a fate as Mercedes revealed that Saturday’s problem was a “recurrence of the China Power Unit failure.”

And it is one that has left Mercedes motorsport boss Wolff shaking his head.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s a very bizarre situation. It seems like the same failure as in Shanghai, which means we have to reassess the route course of the failure.

“It is motor racing and it can happen. He seems to have all the bad luck and the other side of the garage has all the luck.

“I hope there is no penalty for Lewis. But we need to discuss with the FIA what we want to do and make it without a penalty.

“It’s getting tough for Lewis now and I have no doubt he will come out of it. But he has every right to be upset.”

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