Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hockenheimring, 2014

Hamilton’s brake failure unacceptable – Wolff

2014 German Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hockenheimring, 2014Mercedes director of motorsport Toto Wolff said the brake failure which put Lewis Hamilton out of qualifying today was “not acceptable”.

Less than 24 hours after saying Mercedes “must tackle” their recent reliability problems, a brake disc failure on Hamilton’s car caused him to crash out of qualifying.

“It was like night and day today,” said Wolff after qualifying, which also saw Nico Rosberg take pole position for the team.

“First of all, we’re all happy that Lewis is okay as it was quite a shunt. It’s just not acceptable to have a brake disc fail in that way after we fitted a new set this morning and we have to find out what we do about it.

“We will assess the car and see what the damage is in the end.”

The team’s executive director for technical Paddy Lowe said Hamilton’s brakes had been changed before the final practice session “in line with our normal procedures”. He added they had been “operating noramlly” until he went off on his fifth lap in qualifying.

Rosberg’s pole position was the ninth for the team this year. Wolff said he “did a very good job in difficult conditions because of the unexpected heat in combination with the super-soft tyre which made it very tricky for everyone”.

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