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Wolff: The smile on our face is because car was strong

Wolff: The smile on our face is because car was strong

Wolff: The smile on our face is because car was strong

Toto Wolff was encouraged by the strong performance of Mercedes’ W14 during the 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix on a day when Lewis Hamilton finished second.

Hamilton also bagged the fastest lap of the race with the extra Formula 1 Championship point that comes along with at the end of the race he started from sixth on the grid.

But the seven-time F1 Champion drove a relentless race to take his sixth podium in 2023 closing the gap Sergio Perez down to 20 points in his bid to catch the Mexican for second in the Drivers’ Championship.

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But for Toto Wolff, the highlight remains the pace the W14 showed during the grand prix last Sunday, he told Sky Sports F1: “The smile on our face is because the car was strong.

“Once Lewis was in free air, we had so much margin in the medium. The lap times were good and fastest lap at the end.

“It’s been a few weekends now where we say we ‘could have’ but didn’t. I think we need to qualify better. Probably with the straight line speed we wouldn’t have been so competitive against Max, but who knows, the pace is there.

Hamilton was brilliant

“It was a brilliant, brilliant drive from Lewis. We have these oscillations in performance and we don’t really know sometimes if the tyres stick. Just a few degrees of track temperature and you are out of the window,” the Austrian maintained.

Later in Mercedes’ race report, Wolff added: “The pace was there and that’s a positive for us building on the last two races. Tyre management at this track is so marginal, a few degrees of track temperature and they’re out of the window and the other way around.”

George Russell in the other Mercedes finished sixth, which could’ve been seventh had the race been a few laps longer as Daniel Ricciardo was chasing him down in AlphaTauri, as the #63 Mercedes was struggling with its tyres.

“George unfortunately totally ran out of tyres, so it was tough for him to defend,” Wolff commented on Russell’s race from eighth on the grid. “Still, a strong result for him today and he fought well to keep the position from Daniel in the final lap.

“We don’t know yet how we will perform in Brazil next week. We will keep both feet on the ground, do our best job there and hopefully we’re in position to fight at the front.” Wolff concluded.