Toto Wolff marvels at Hamilton’s “not from this world” lap

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff comments on Lewis Hamilton’s Styrian Grand Prix pole lap and his team’s chances in tomorrow’s race.

In the Styrian Grand Prix qualifying Lewis Hamilton managed to produce an amazing lap and secure the top spot on the starting grid by an incredible 1.2 seconds. Even Toto Wolff is amazed by what Hamilton accomplished.

“Very rarely you see performances that are just not from this world,” the Austrian said.

“When you look at the onboard of his lap, he was balancing the car on the edge, aquaplaning, throttle control was incredible, and I can’t remember [when] we have seen 1.2 seconds between first and second.

“I think driver and car merge into one where a perfect car with the tyres in the right window and perfect driveability on the power unit comes together with skill and the intelligence of a racing driver, and only then you see these kinds of performances.”

However Wolff doesn’t let today’s success get his eyes off the ultimate goal, and that is to win tomorrow’s race.

“Tomorrow is a very different story, just because of the weather. It will be dry, but not as hot as yesterday.

“Max [Verstappen] is in the front row, so anything is possible. He can win the race. Valtteri has to try to get past Sainz. The McLarens were really good, just like last week.

“Tomorrow we can have a strong race, but today we’ve done a lot of things well in qualifying. We did a really good job in qualifying the bike in the last section. So the lap was perfect.

“The car was very good, but the driver was the deciding factor,” Wolff told ORF after qualifying.

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