Toto Wolff says “unsettled weather” could create opportunities

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Toto Wolff says “unsettled weather” could “make for a bit more decision-making during the sprint race”, which could “bring with it more opportunity”.

George Russell qualified for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix Sprint Race in P3, while Lewis Hamilton had to settle for P8. Toto Wolff explains the troubles the team was faced with during the wet session.

“A tricky qualifying session where each part had its own challenges,” the Austrian said.

“It wasn’t easy to get a clear lap in, especially at the points when you needed consecutive laps, but we did manage to get through the first two sessions safely although it wasn’t as relaxing as we’d have liked.

“The final session was all about track position. The conditions were deteriorating and, as it turned out, you wanted to be at the front of the group to get the best of the track.

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“Neither driver had a great lap in the final session. George was happier with his car than Lewis, who was lacking grip on the final run.

“But we have plenty of racing laps to recover with Lewis and at least he’s ahead of both Ferrari and one Red Bull on the grid.”

The big opportunity Toto sees in the sprint race, is the unpredictable weather.

“The unsettled weather is forecast to continue – that could make for a bit more decision-making during the sprint race than you normally have to do.

“And that may bring with it more opportunity,” Wolff concluded.

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