Toto Wolff: “This season has given us several tough lessons”

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After a tough Singapore Grand Prix, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff gives his perspective on how the race unfolded for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

Mercedes had a tough time at the Singapore Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton finishing in P9 and George Russell in P14. Afterwards, team boss Toto Wolff gave his opinion on what happened in the race.

“This season has given us several tough lessons, and today was another one,” the Austrian said.

“Lewis was fighting for the podium for much of the race, but also battling a car balance that was on a knife edge today, in difficult conditions and on the bumpy surface.

“After he locked up and damaged the wing, the stop to change tyres and the nose cost him position. Then he lost out even more when cars ahead pitted under Safety Car and jumped ahead.

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“That left him stuck in a train of cars on very similar aged tyres, and he couldn’t make up any ground.”

Wolff then turned to George Russell, with whom Mercedes decided to gamble by making him the first driver in the race to try out soft tyres. The gamble didn’t pay off at first.

“In hindsight, it was clearly too early, but he had nothing to lose, so we were prepared to take the gamble.

“Even so, as the race unfolded, he was still on course to make it back to the points until the collision with Mick, which put him last on the road,” Wolff concluded.

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