Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has described the incident of Lewis Hamilton being impeded as a "disaster" for the British driver's qualifying session.
Hamilton's qualifying session ended on a disappointing note as he secured P13, having executed his final flying lap a single lap too early, which prevented him from advancing into Q3 on a drying track.
However, Wolff has put Hamilton not progressing into Q3 down to him being impeded, by Yuki Tsunoda and Lance Stroll, during the qualifying sessions.
“It’s a shame because the pace was there all weekend, and we would’ve had two cars competing right at the front,” Wolff said to Sky Sports after qualifying. “Overall, the session a mixture between maybe being too close to Norris, but that’s not the main thing.
“The impeding is just a disaster in Q2, and I think on his quickest lap, he was impeded by Tsunoda going into the final straight and that cost the position.”
Both Tsunoda and Stroll have been called to the stewards, as well as Hamilton, after accusations of them holding the Mercedes driver up.
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