Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton would have “raced for the win”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton’s pace at the Spanish Grand Prix was “stunning” and he would have “raced for the win” had it not been for a collision with Kevin Magnussen.

Lewis Hamilton’s race seemed ruined then he was involved in a collision with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, which caused a tyre puncture and forced him to pit.

This dropped him down to P19, but what followed was another masterclass by Lewis, which ended with him in P5 (it would have been P4, but a late overheating issue forced him to ‘lift and coast’ to the finish line).

However, while he was in P19, Hamilton asked his team if it would be best to retire the car and save the engine. After the race, Toto Wolff gave his comment on Lewis’ radio message.

“It’s always the call when you basically lost the race,” the Austrian said.

“Decide the benefit of continuing. As a driver, you’re thinking ‘it can’t be possible, I’m 50 seconds behind the leaders’.

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“Still valuable mileage, his race pace was stunning. Would’ve raced for the win.”

Wolff then praised George Russell for managing to hold off faster Red Bulls for several laps, before taking an amazing P3.

“Defence was unbelievable. How he positioned the car. I am really happy to see him racing like this.

“We have two unbelievable drivers, we have the right guys to sort our car out and come back to the front.

“I heard there was some moaning in the background, but this is what we need,” Wolff concluded.

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