Online trolls 'only makes us stronger', says Mercedes F1 boss

Sunday's race is live on 5 live and the BBC Sport website at 14:10 BST

Sunday's race is live on 5 live and the BBC Sport website at 14:10 BST

As Hamilton and Mercedes continue their relentless destruction of the records, it is unreasonable to ask his team to slow down, as the president of the sport's ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA) Jean Todt, once the boss of the all-conquering team that powered Michael Schumacher to five of his seven titles, has pointed out.

Ahead of their hearing with the Canada race stewards, Ferrari had said that their new evidence was "overwhelming" proof that Sebastian Vettel had not broken any rules when he rejoined after running off-circuit and across a strip of grass. "We have nothing to do with the money shift [between the teams] and all that stuff".

The Finn won no races previous year, as Hamilton romped to the title, and took most of the winter getting himself back into the right state of mind before returning re-energised in Melbourne as "Bottas 2.0". It's still the same. "Until that structure changes, it will be the same in my opinion". That's not my job to do that.

Hamilton leads the championship by a massive 36 points from Bottas with only eight of the 21 rounds completed.

At this meeting, he said they discussed the plans for an overhaul of the rules for 2021 and the introduction of cars that can tolerate the close proximity of other cars in races, without aerodynamic problems.

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"This is a constant cycle of Formula 1 for years and years and years, even before I got here, and it's because the way Bernie had it set up and the decisions they were making back then".

"You've got [FIA boss] Jean Todt, I know Jean's level, but the fact is he's been with the red team [Ferrari] for so long, surely when he wakes up, if there's a red T-shirt and a silver T-shirt, surely he goes for the red one".

Daniel Ricciardo declaring "I don't really care" after losing F1 points just about sums up the need for rule changes in the sport. I really, really hope so.

"But I am encouraged that Ross (Brawn, F1 director) and his team are working, for the first time, on a real aero package that hopefully will have an impact".

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"I have nothing to gain by being there but if there's anything I can help. they've been making all these decisions and never once had a driver's input in that room, so if that can be the decisive point that helps shift it and the fans can get better racing, I will be proud to be a part of that".

Hamilton attended the meeting after discussions within the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, and with its president, Alex Wurz.

Hamilton's team boss at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, added that it would be wrong to blame Mercedes for making the sport boring.

"It's a different perspective when you sit in front of the TV and when you sit where I sit, when you hear all the things that need to be managed during the race", he said. You would continue relentlessly to push for performance.

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