Toto Wolff says Mercedes won “on merit”: “We are now on a roll!”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says George Russell’s win at the Austrian Grand Prix was fortuitous”, but in Britain the W15 was “quick in almost all conditions”.

After Lewis Hamilton’s fantastic British Grand Prix victory, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said this is proof that the team has been able to “unlock the potential in the car”.

“Today’s win is like a fairytale,” Wolff said.

“It is our last British Grand Prix together with Lewis and what a way to sign off.

“It is such a great feeling to be able to achieve victory in front of the British crowds with the most iconic, and most successful British driver in a Mercedes.

“Last week’s win was fortuitous. Today, we were quick in almost all conditions. We were running first and second for a long time and, although the McLarens were quick when the rain fell, we were able to get back ahead of them.

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“It is a win on merit, and it shows the grit of this team. We never stopped believing, we never stopped working, and we have been able to unlock the potential in the car.

“We are now on a roll!”

As for George Russell, Toto says he would have also been in the fight for the win, had he not been forced to retire early due to a water system issue.

“He has been so strong recently and took a fantastic pole position yesterday. Sadly, we had to retire his car with a water system issue.

“He would have likely been in position to fight for the win were it not for that,” the Austrian concluded.

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