Over the course of Hamilton’s 17-year career in Formula 1, the British driver has developed a reputation for whinging over the radio. Whether he is complaining that his tyres won’t last, or the pit strategy is wrong or even that the safety car is going too slowly, Hamilton is prepared to get his way.
Speaking after Hamilton’s second-place finish, team boss Wolff joked that it was the first time this season that he has been happy with the car.
“Today I think it was a first where he said ‘the car is actually good!’ But it was a brilliant, brilliant drive and we have these oscillations in performance. We don’t really know, sometimes the tyres stick, sometimes not.
“The smiles on our faces because the car was strong. I think once Lewis was in free air, we had so much margin on the medium, fastest lap at the end. It was good.”
Wolff was asked how close he believes Mercedes are to finishing first, and the team principal pointed towards better qualifying and straight line speed as key factors.
“Not sure,” Wolff said. “It’s been a few weekends now that we’ve been saying ‘we could have’ but we didn’t. I think we need to qualify better and then probably in straight line speed, it wouldn’t have been so competitive against Max but who knows? The pace is there.”
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