Toto Wolff after Sprint Race: “Nothing has been lost yet”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and Valtteri Bottas aren’t giving up on the Italian Grand Prix just yet, with the Finn saying: “anything is possible”.

Although Valtteri Bottas won the Sprint Qualifying Race, he will start the Italian Grand Prix from the back of the grid due to an engine swap penalty.

Mercedes decided to do the tactical engine swap at Monza, but now with Lewis Hamilton starting from P4, and Bottas from P20, it might not have been a good idea.

Lewis said he expects Max Verstappen, who is starting from pole, to have an “easy win”, but Toto Wolff is not giving up just yet.

“On the positive side, Valtteri delivered a mega race, a very good start,” the Austrian told ORF.

“But on the other side it was exactly the other way around, [Lewis] just slept through the start. He simply ground the clutch too long. Quite unusual for him.

“Max scored two points, of course, and Lewis none at all – and he’ll start from pole position tomorrow. So it could be that we gave away ten points over the weekend.”

However, Wolff says “nothing has been lost yet”.

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After the sprint race Valtteri Bottas also chose to look on the bright side.

“It has been a perfect weekend so far and now I have a grid penalty,” the Finn said.

“That happens, but it’s good to see that we have good speed from the car here, good pace, and I’ll be fighting tomorrow, going as high as I can tomorrow.

“Anything is possible. If you at the race last year, what happened, you never know so I’ll keep pushing.

“For sure it [the penalty] is annoying. We’ve done good last two days, with good performance and then you kind of re-set completely for the day after and you start from the back.

“Those are things that are out of my hands, so I’m not going to waste too much energy or be too negative about it because there’s absolutely nothing I can do about it. The only thing I can do is try my best and go full gas tomorrow.

“ At least, I got a few points, every point count for me personally and for us as a team,” concluded Bottas.

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