Toto Wolff provides an update on the condition of Mercedes’ cars

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After both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell crashed out in Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying, Toto Wolff says the garage “looked like somebody had dropped a Lego car on the floor”.

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell had both put their cars into the barrier in Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying. Unfortunately, this meant that Mercedes was in for a long night, in order to repair both cars.

On Saturday Toto Wolff provided an update on their condition.

“There is a lot of damage,” the Austrian said.

“We have two floors, two gearboxes we need to check, a rear wing and a lot of little bits and pieces.

“In the garage in the evening, it really looked like somebody had dropped a Lego car on the floor. The mechanics are doing great work.

“Both cars are pretty injured. The floors, we’ve done precautionary checks for the gearboxes, the rear wing for George, plenty of parts – that has cost cap implications.

“But the biggest is the mechanics working around the clock. We hope to have a good car for the sprint race to put us in a good position for tomorrow.”


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However, the encouraging thing is that the drivers are now  able to push the W13 more than ever before.

“It is very rare you see both drivers crashing out and especially the circumstances, they looked like synchronised swimmers, so that was good choreography.

“I think the car is still tricky to drive. Now that we can actually fight for front positions, I am really happy to see that they are attacking.

“Lewis, the corner before, was carrying 10k more speed and made Turn 6, and then he carried 10k more speed into [Turn] 7 and didn’t make the corner.

“The same a little bit for George, he was up a little bit on his delta time and that was a particular strength of his previous runs and it went too far.

“Whether there was wind or any other conditions, I think the summary is the car is tricky to drive.

“But it’s faster now and for me that’s absolutely okay,” Wolff concluded.

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