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Wolff: Plenty of learnings to take into Monza

Wolff: Plenty of learnings to take into Monza

Wolff: Plenty of learnings to take into Monza

Toto Wolff claimed the Dutch Grand Prix weekend has given Mercedes plenty of learnings to take into this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Mercedes did not pit Lewis Hamilton and George Russell at the right time for Intermediate tyres when rain hit Zandvoort on Lap 1 of the race last Sunday, and paid the price for their ill judgement.

And while Hamilton drove a strong race from 13th on the grid to claim sixth, Russell dropped from his starting position in second, and retired from the race towards the end after suffering a puncture following contact with McLaren’s Lando Norris.

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Looking back on the race in the Netherlands, Toto Wolff said: “Zandvoort was a frustrating weekend. There was potential, but we failed to capitalise on it.

“We got the call wrong with the switch to Intermediates and that put us on the back foot. From there, it was about trying to salvage what we could.

“Both drivers recovered well, but the final sting in the tail was the puncture for George. The missed opportunities are annoying, but weekends like this only fire us up to bounce back even stronger,” he insisted.

Previewing the upcoming race this weekend at Monza, Wolff added in Mercedes‘ race preview: “We’ve got plenty of learnings to take into the next race.

“Fortunately, we don’t have long to wait for it. Monza’s track characteristics are the complete opposite to Zandvoort, so we’ll see how we get on.

“It’s also sure to be another spectacular atmosphere this weekend,” the Austrian concluded.

Mercedes currently sit in second in the 2023 F1 Constructors’ Championship, a whopping 285 points behind Red Bull, and 40 points ahead of Aston Martin who are third.