F1: MBZ/AMG’s Boss, Toto Wolff, “Ferrari did not show its real pace in Hungary”
Toto Wolff is convinced Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) did not show its “real pace” at the Hungarian Grand Prix, despite out-performing MercedesAMG and posting a 1-2 finish.
“I don’t think we have seen their pace because Sebastian’s car was clearly damaged with the steering wheel hanging to the left and you can see that after Sebastian pitted when Kimi was in free air, he was setting very fast sector times.”
Mr. Wolff said he was “not in a happy place” as MercedesAMG instructed Lewis Hamilton to switch positions with Valtteri Bottas on the final lap, after a tactic agreed earlier in the race to try and challenge the leading Ferrari pair proved unsuccessful.
He also admitted the call was the MBZ’s Team’s most difficult decision in the last 5 years because of the impact it could have on the title fight.
When asked if MercedesAMG would consider changing its approach to the drivers’ championship after the Summer break, Mr. Wolff replied, “These values made us win 6 championships, and is going to make us win more championships in the years to come. It cost us 3 points and it can potentially cost us the championship.”
With Ferrari and MercedesAMG locked in an intense fight for this year’s F1 title, Kimi Raikkonen believes that it is the “small things” that will make the difference.
“It depends on which tires we have, what weather conditions we are going to face, lots of things, small things that make a difference,” he said.
“Now we take the holiday and see what happens in Spa, but if you look at it now, it’s not going to be as easy for us there as it was in Hungary. We obviously try to improve and hope to be quick there too.”
“For sure there are some circuits that suit us better.
“There are areas where we have to improve, especially in qualifying, where Mercedes has better horsepower, but it depends on many things.
“You cannot purely look at the layout of the circuit and say “this is going to be good for us” or “this is going to be good for them.”
The latter half of the season kicks off in Spa at the end of August.
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