Lewis Hamilton warned that DNFs are a ‘no go’ in F1 title battle

Lewis Hamilton warned that DNFs are a ‘no go’ in F1 title battle
The defending champion holds a narrow lead over Max Verstappen with six races left this season

刘易斯·汉密尔顿 has been warned by Mercedes team principal 托托沃尔夫 that DNFs are a “no go” if the Briton is to retain his Formula One title.

Hamilton’s championship victory last season saw him go level with Michael Schumacher on a record seven F1 titles, and the Mercedes driver holds a two-point lead over rival 马克斯·维斯塔潘 with six races left this season.

汉密尔顿, 36, beat the Red Bull driver to first place at the Russian Grand Prix last time out, but at the calendar’s previous event – the Italian GP – the pair took each other out of the race.

That incident marked their second coming-together this year, following the rivals’ crash at the British Grand Prix in July. 那个场合, Hamilton went on to win the race while Verstappen recorded a DNF (‘did not finish’).

Wolff, 然而, is concerned that Hamilton might not be so lucky if another incident occurs, and the Austrian has warned his driver that he must finish every race left this season if he is to win a record eighth F1 title.

“I think neither driver and neither team can have any comfort in the current situation, because there is just no gap in terms of points and I think that this is going to go very long,” Wolff told Formula1.com.

“Reliability versus performance is always the fine line that you need to get right, and as I said before, DNFing obviously is a no-go for the championship.

“Nobody, neither us nor our competitors, can afford a zero-point race weekend.”

The next race on the F1 calendar is the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday. Last year’s edition of the event saw Hamilton emerge victorious to claim the 2020 drivers’ championship.

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