Toto Wolff: “Where Lewis came from was unbelievable”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says if Lewis Hamilton’s DRS hadn’t failed in Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying, “we would have had a fun fight at the front for the victory”.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton again produced an unbelieveable performance and went from P7 to P2. After the race Toto Wolff was full of praise for the Briton.

“First of all, one must say that George had a great qualifying session with pole, and drove a super solid race,” the Austrian said.

“And he was always in that fight, so he was utilising the tyres, leaning on it a lot and he ran out of tyres in the second stint. But where Lewis came from was unbelievable.

“He was a little bit in the shadow, no one really looked at him where he came from and suddenly, he was banging in times quicker than the leaders.

“If qualifying I think hadn’t failed the DRS yesterday, who knows – I think we would have had a fun fight at the front for the victory.”


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Wolff then conceded that a championship win for Mercedes is “a long shot”, so the team can focus on doing experiments, which will hopefully allow them to find more performance.

“I think we need to stay humble, look race weekend after race weekend and try to learn and do the experiments.

“It’s a long shot for a championship this year so in a way we are in a situation where we can try stuff which we’ve done on Friday as frustrating as it is sometimes and then see – to put us in a situation where we can fight for wins at the end of the season.

“We got used to the Spa weather now in Budapest! At least we have a result we can work with, we had a really bad Friday, so we know what not to do, we do the opposite, but Spa is really different.

“Let’s not celebrate yet that we are there because we aren’t yet,” he concluded.

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