Toto Wolff after Austrian GP FP1: “We have a quick race car”

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Ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying, Toto Wolff says that Mercedes ran set-up experiments with George Russell, which they will now “adopt” on Lewis Hamilton’s car.

George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finished the Austrian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 in P3 and P5 respectively, with a couple of tenths between them.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says the team has been running set-up experiments on George Russell’s car.

“I think we’ve been okay,” the Austrian told Sky Sports F1.

“We’re experimenting with some set-ups. It was not a catastrophe for both, but there’s things that we had on George’s car that [we can] probably adopt on Lewis’ now.”

While Russell is only four tenths off FP1’s best time set by Max Verstappen, Wolff warns it might be due to the Austrian track not being very long.

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“You need to consider that the lap time is very short, so a tenth is probably two-tenths on a normal track.”

The good news according to the Austrian, is that bouncing seems to have been solved.

“It was not bad in terms of the bouncing. I think we start to slowly get on top of these things.

“I wouldn’t know what [would] happen if we were going to go to Baku, probably similar. But we are getting on top of it.

“We know that our car is not the quickest on a single lap, but we have a quick race car,” Wolff concluded.

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