Much was made of Hamilton's failure to claim more points, but Wolff was quick to point out that Verstappen lost a similar amount when he took a similar penalty at the preceding race in Sochi, despite going from last to second.
“In the end, we lost eight points today to Red Bull from a grid penalty and Red Bull last week were happy with a seven-point loss. It’s going to be very tight until the end [of the season]," said Wolff.
“DNFs are going to make the big difference and that was also a consideration today, not three or four or five-point swings.”
Hamilton stayed out on worn intermediate tyres at Istanbul Park until lap 50 of 58, when the team decided to finally pit him late in the race to avoid losing fifth to Pierre Gasly as his grip deteriorated.
Wolff rued not pulling his driver in earlier but added: “The whole season swings back and forth, we make mistakes together, we win together. We decided for one thing and it went wrong.
“We have had much bigger swings in the past with lost opportunities and this one was a very close call.”
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