After a fantastic P2 and P3 for Mercedes at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Toto Wolff revealed Lewis Hamilton told the team earlier that McLaren’s turnaround in the difficult 2009 season started after Hungary.
“We talked about it and he said that by Hungary they had turned the car around at McLaren and it was competitive again,” Wolff said.
“I really must say, I admire how both of the drivers, in their very personal way, have contributed to develop the car throughout the season.
“I’m not sitting here saying ‘Hurray! We’re back in the championship fight’ just because we’re on pole.
“But whether it was P2 on a Sunday or P14 after a free practice session, both of them have kept their cool.”
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The Austrian then praised both Hamilton and his team-mate George Russell for how they kept the team motivated throughout difficult times.
“They were very rational about things, trying to work on every detail, even if it seemed the detail doesn’t matter because the fundamental problems were so big.
“To be honest, because [Friday’s free practice day] was such a bad day, [Hamilton] showed leadership in the meeting.
“He was the one that kept being positive about things and together these two drivers, at very different stages of their careers, have been a tremendous force together in order to keep the spirits high,” Toto concluded.