Wolff says “without the Safety Car” Hamilton “would have probably won”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton was “in the fight to win the race” and the car “had almost no bouncing and the pace was good”.

After Mercedes’ improved performance at the British Grand Prix, which led to Lewis Hamilton getting P3, Toto Wolff said the Briton had a very good chance of winning the race.

“The car had the performance today and we were in the fight to win the race, which is very encouraging,” the Austrian told Sky Sports F1.

“We had almost no bouncing and the pace was good on the Medium tyres. Without the Safety Car, he would have probably won the race.”

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Toto also said that Mercedes made a big step forward at Silverstone.

“We were that close to winning and it would have been fantastic for him. I think we just want to win races on our own, that would be great.

“And to be there fighting with them, that would be a target. We have a car that we can develop for next year also.

“We have just today, for the first time, started to flirt a bit with the car,” Wolff concluded.

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