Mercedes avoided a further setback in Canada with Lewis Hamilton after an incident influenced by George Russell’s crash, with Toto Wolff bringing some humour to the situation.
The scene on Lap 12 of the Canadian Grand Prix was Fernando Alonso pursuing Hamilton as Russell kept a close watch, but sliding out of the chicane and giving the wall a hefty whack, Russell was forced to drag his wounded Mercedes back to the pit lane, with the top three of Max Verstappen, Hamilton and Alonso taking the chance to pit for fresh hard tyres as the Safety Car came out.
Alonso came extremely close to getting the jump on Hamilton in the pit lane, though a little too close as Alonso seemingly was forced to take avoiding action as Hamilton was released from his pit box, an incident noted by the stewards and one which would soon be investigated.
Mercedes team boss Wolff was then shown having his say on what went down, rather hilariously demonstrating how he believed Alonso had overexaggerated the steering movements.
I too thought Fernando exaggerated it with those steering inputs. 😆 pic.twitter.com/FBEweV0Ys5
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It seems though that the stewards potentially agreed, with their investigation leading to the verdict that no further action was needed, that decision coming shortly after Alonso had stripped Hamilton of P2 with an overtake into the final chicane.
On their respective team radio messages, Hamilton reinforced the fact that his Mercedes crew did an amazing job to still come out ahead of Alonso, suggesting they timed the release to perfection.
Alonso, meanwhile, made it clear he had to brake to avoid a collision with Hamilton, but that was not enough to help convince the stewards that the Mercedes driver was deserving of an in-race penalty.
It was Alonso who would go on to have the last laugh, though, as he kept his old rival Hamilton at bay to bag P2 at the Canadian Grand Prix. Hamilton completed the all-star podium with a P3 finish.