Toto Wolff on Hamilton and Russell’s Saudi Arabian GP setup comments

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Toto Wolff responds to comments made by Lewis Hamilton and George Russell regarding their setup choices at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, and says “the drivers got to do what they believe is right for their car”.

After the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said he would have been “in a better position”, had he had “the setup George had”.

Lewis then said that he chose one way to go with his setup, and Russell another, and even though “more often than not, the way [George] went is the wrong one”, this time “it just happened to work”.

Some observers have interpreted this as Lewis saying George was ‘lucky’, so ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, George was asked to give his comments.

George said he doesn’t “think there’s any luck in it at all”, and that “it’s down to the preparation you put in before the event”.

Lewis later said people misinterpreted his original comments, which were not aimed as a dig to George.

The media, obviously loving this non-story, asked team boss Toto Wolff about this setup ‘issue’.

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“I think the drivers got to do what they believe is right for their car,” the Austrian said.

“Everyone is pursuing the set-up directions and that changes between Friday and Saturday very often. Then you realise that one set-up is maybe better than the other one.

“But it’s not that we are coming up with set-ups that they have to run.”

Wolff also said that the team experimented with the two drivers’ setups between Australian Grand Prix free practice sessions.

“We tried two different things on both cars. It worked on one car, not on the other.

“So it’s a good direction that we’ve got,” Wolff concluded.

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