Lewis Hamilton appeared on edge ahead of first practice at the Monaco Grand Prix as he was questioned over Toto Wolff’s comments. The Mercedes team principal said Mercedes could now challenge for the title after an excellent comeback at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Sky Sports’ Craig Slater asked Hamilton how good it was the team had turned around the car in a short space of time. However, Hamilton appeared on edge during his response, claiming not all the problems had been fixed.
Hamilton said: “It’s not turned around yet, it’s almost turned around. We’re not on the right path yet but we’re nearly on the right path. We’re working towards it.
“If we were on the right path we would be winning races.”
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After the race, Wolff backed his team to continue improving and eventually joining the fight with Ferrari and Red Bull. He said: “Can we fight for another world championship? Well we bet we can.
“We just need to have a car able to finish first and second. We have reasons to believe we can get there. If you look at the odds they are against us but motor racing is a different ball game.
“We saw on Sunday that Ferrari did not score a lot of points although they should have, so we are absolutely pushing flat out to bring us back into the game.”
Hamilton lies over 60 points behind new championship leader Max Verstappen while Russell is just 36 points behind and fourth in the standings.
Russell has secured top five finishes in every race this season. His consistency has helped the Silver Arrows to third in the constructors table just 75 points behind Red Bull despite their difficult start to the campaign.