Toto Wolff: “I think Valtteri was overdue to win a race”

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says he is “happy that we finally speak about” Valtteri Bottas, after the Finn won the Russian Grand Prix.

After winning the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix, Bottas wasn’t able to score another win until last weekend in Russia. Toto Wolff thinks the win was long overdue.

“I’m so happy that we finally speak about Valtteri,” Wolff said.

“I think Valtteri was overdue to win a race. He was very close in several qualifyings, he was in the lead in Mugello, and in that respect, he deserved that win.

“He drove a brilliant race, kept his cool and just cruised home. It’s a great result. I‘m really happy that we have maintained that 100% race win record here.”

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The next race will be a return to Nurburgring for the first time since 2013. It is not only Mercedes’ home race, but also the site of Wolff’s 1994 Nurburgring 24 Hours win. However the Austrian also crashed his Porsche 997 RSR there in 2009, while attempting a record on the Nordschleife track.

“I think for Mercedes, it’s always good to have a race in Germany, and coming back to the Nurburgring, it’s nice, it’s a track that we like. I particularly have an emotional relation to the Nurburgring.

“It’s going to be certainly exciting with low temperatures and maybe rain. But the Eifel is good for everything. We’re looking forward [to it].

“Unfortunately we can’t have any guests, nor can we have any Mercedes people there in the grandstands, which is always nice to have.

“But in the end, you score points everywhere, and you’re more attached to certain tracks than to others, and I guess we just need to have a good race there, like we had today,” concluded the Austrian.


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