Lewis Hamilton wanted whatever Wolff was smoking

Lewis Hamilton says he wanted whatever Toto Wolff was smoking after the Austrian told him he could win the Hungarian GP over the team radio. It looked like Hamilton would cruise to victory in Budapest after team-mate Valtteri Bottas took himself and Sergio Perez out of the race at the start and also caused Max Verstappen to pick up severe damage. However, the Mercedes driver then went from first to last at the restart as he, unlike every other driver, opted not to pit for dry tyres immediately, thus dropping…

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Wolff: Booing of Hamilton a consequence of British GP controversy

Toto Wolff says the booing directed at Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in Hungary is a fallout consequence of the events that unfolded at Silverstone two weeks ago. Hamilton’s 101st career pole in F1 clinched at the Hungaroring on Saturday was met with a wave of jeers from Max Verstappen supporters. The Mercedes drivers brushed off the loud hollers, saying the booing “just fuels me”, while Verstappen himself condemned his fans’ reaction. “It’s not correct of course but at the end of the day we are drivers, we shouldn’t get disturbed…

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Hamilton now sees 'benefits' of Mercedes sim tool – Wolff

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton’s simulator session at Brackley ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend helped the seven-time world realise the tool’s benefits. After enduring five consecutive defeats against championship rival Red Bull, Mercedes spared no effort ahead of last weekend’s Silverstone round to try and bridge the gap to the Milton Keynes-based outfit. The Brackley squad rolled out an update package for its W12, which incited Hamilton to put in the hours in the team’s simulator – a rare undertaking for the Mercedes driver –…

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Wolff troubled by Red Bull's 'personal attacks and 'language'

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted to being troubled by the personal attacks and the language fired by the Red Bull camp in the aftermath of last Sunday’s controversial British Grand Prix. Red Bull’s top brass laid the blame for the collision that sent Max Verstappen into the barriers on the opening lap of the race at Silverstone on Lewis Hamilton, with team boss Christian Horner calling the Briton’s “desperate” move a piece of “dirty driving”, while Helmut Marko followed suit, insisting Hamilton had been “reckless”. Furthermore, the Verstappen father and…

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Toto Wolff ‘absolutely’ enjoyed Lewis Hamilton’s Silverstone win

Toto Wolff said he “absolutely” enjoyed celebrating Lewis Hamilton’s win at Silverstone, despite Max Verstappen calling Hamilton’s behaviour “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike.” The seven-time World Champion earned his eighth British Grand Prix victory in front of his home crowd on Sunday, but his title rival took exception to that as he was still getting checked over in hospital after the pair’s high-speed collision at Copse on the first lap. While the Brit did not make too much reference as to the health of Verstappen in his post-race interview, Hamilton was seemingly…

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Toto Wolff responds to Bernie Ecclestone’s comments about Lewis Hamilton

Bernie Ecclestone has questioned Lewis Hamilton’s fighting spirit, but Toto Wolff knows the ex-F1 boss likes to create a “mess”. Hamilton heads into his home race, the British Grand Prix, looking to end Max Verstappen’s streak of three consecutive wins. With that form Verstappen has established himself as the Drivers’ Championship leader, 33 points clear of Hamilton, and the clear favourite to seal a first World Championship of his career. There have been a few errors for Hamilton in the early stages of this title fight, most notably his off…

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Toto Wolff hints at George Russell/Valtteri Bottas decision come Spa

Toto Wolff has dropped a strong hint that Mercedes’ driver line-up for 2022 will be finalised during the summer break. One half of the consecutive seven-time World Champions’ pairing is already known – that will be Lewis Hamilton, who recently signed a two-year contract extension. Valtteri Bottas and George Russell are vying to be Hamilton’s team-mate, the Finn hoping a sixth year with the Silver Arrows is in the offing while the 23-year-old Briton is targeting a call-up from his current status as their most prominent ‘junior’ driver. The smart…

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Toto Wolff declares ’empire strikes back’ at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton will start sprint qualifying at Silverstone from P1, and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was very happy with what he saw on Friday night. The trial race weekend format which surrounds the British Grand Prix has been subject to much debate, but finally on Friday we all got our first taste of the plan in motion. Max Verstappen went into traditional qualifying with all the momentum having dominated the single practice session, but it was Hamilton who struck back to top Q3 and secure the best starting spot for sprint…

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Toto Wolff: Lewis Hamilton title success ‘against the odds’

Toto Wolff has conceded it is “against the odds” for Lewis Hamilton to overhaul Max Verstappen and capture an eighth World Championship this year. Hamilton has fallen 32 points behind Verstappen in the Drivers’ title race after the Red Bull man won four of the last five grands prix. The Dutchman had also been cruising to victory in the other when he crashed out late on because of a tyre blowout. In those five races, Hamilton finished second to Verstappen twice but, much more damagingly, also fourth in Austria, seventh…

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Wolff won’t give up, walk through ‘fire with hand on sword’

Toto Wolff will walk through the “fire with hand on sword” as Mercedes battle to retain the World titles, adamant he won’t give up. Questions were raised about whether Mercedes still believe Lewis Hamilton could win this year’s Drivers’ Championship title after team orders were issued in Valtteri Bottas’ favour at the Austrian GP. Rather than use the Finn as Hamilton’s rear gunner to protect him from the charging Lando Norris, Mercedes told Hamilton to let Bottas pass leaving him open to an attack by Norris. Hamilton finished P4, off…

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