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Wolff: A fairytale, a win on merit

Wolff: A fairytale, a win on merit

Wolff: A fairytale, a win on merit

Toto Wolff labeled Lewis Hamilton’s win in his final British Grand Prix as a Mercedes drivers a fairytale, insisting this time they have won on merit.

While George Russell won in Austria a week earlier after benefiting from Max Verstappen and Lando Norris crashing, Hamilton has won this time after Mercedes emerged as the best team in Silverstone, beating the fast McLarens who dropped the ball on strategy and the Red Bull who did not have a fast enough car but nailed their pitwall calls.

Hamilton hasn’t won a Formula 1 race since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, and after a long dry spell, the Briton finally returned to the top step of the podium breaking his own record for the number of wins at Silverstone after an emotional victory in front of his fans and most importantly his parents.

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Speaking in Mercedes’ race report, a satisfied Wolff said: “Today’s win is like a fairytale. 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,” Wolff added. “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.

“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,” he insisted.

While Hamilton won, George Russell, who started from pole, retired due to a water leak on his W15, Wolff commented: “George was unfortunate today.

“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,” he concluded.