Wolff explains the issue with Hamilton’s car at the Spanish GP

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Toto Wolff says Mercedes has “halved the disadvantage to the front-runners” and explains the issues that prevented Lewis Hamilton from finishing in P4.

At the very beginning of the Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was involved in a collision with Kevin Magnussen, which caused a tyre puncture and dropped him down to P19.

At that point he asked Mercedes if it would be better to retire the car and save the engine, but the team informed him that they believe he could get up to P8.

However, with an amazing recovery drive, Lewis ultimately finished the race in P5 (and would have finished in P4, were it not for technical issues with his car).

After the race team boss Toto Wolff explained what happened with Lewis’ car.

“Yeah, there are some [reliability] concerns,” the Austrian said.

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“We had a water leak on Lewis’ car and general overheating on George’s, and it’s concerning, but we obviously need to look at the hardware.”

However, despite these issues, Wolff was very pleased with the progress Mercedes made in Spain.

“I think we are literally learning by doing. These regulations have caught us off guard in a way, and step by step we are understanding what we need to do in order to bring the performance back into the car.

“We’ve seen another big step this weekend, probably we’ve halved the disadvantage to the front-runners.

“But still there is lots to go in order to be right up there in the fight,” concluded Mercedes’ team boss.

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