Wolff: ‘Extremely painful’ not to be part of F1’s ‘fun games’

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Wolff: ‘Extremely painful’ not to be part of F1’s ‘fun games’

Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff has stated it’s “extraordinarily painful” to be lacking out on the “enjoyable video games” at the moment happening on the entrance of the grid.

Having loved an unparalleled run of success, Mercedes finds itself going through a brand new problem – attempting to get again to the entrance of the grid.

Within the opening two races, the Silver Arrows have earned 38 factors and are second within the Constructors’ Championship. Nevertheless, that’s considerably of a false place as the 2 Pink Bull automobiles DNF’ed through the opening race, gifting Lewis Hamilton an unlikely podium.

In Saudi Arabia, Hamilton completed tenth, a place he was not even certain got here with a degree, whereas George Russell had an uneventful race in fifth.

In the meantime, up entrance, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc had been engaged in an exciting forwards and backwards for the lead.

Staff boss Toto Wolff stated he missed being a part of these “enjoyable video games” on the entrance of the pack.

“We’ve had the luxurious of being proper in the midst of these enjoyable video games for the final eight years,” he stated, as reported by gpfans.com.

“Really luxurious is the improper phrase. We had been proper in the midst of these enjoyable video games within the entrance, and speaking as a Formulation 1 stakeholder we’re benefiting from an amazing present that’s actually spectacular to take a look at.

“On the opposite aspect, this can be very painful to not be a part of these enjoyable video games by fairly a piece of lap time deficit.

“We’re not going to relaxation till we’re again within the combine. It’s no enjoyable in any respect and an train in humility. It’s going to make us stronger regardless that it’s not enjoyable proper now.”

 

Wolff was left to seek for what little positives he may discover however highlighted Hamilton’s prolonged stint on the onerous tyre as a word of enchancment. However the stint additionally meant he misplaced locations late on and needed to accept tenth.

“The encouraging aspect is that his tempo on the onerous was constructive,” Wolff stated.

“We couldn’t inform if it was quick however it was constructive.

“[Fernando] Alonso slowed down through the lap, [Daniel] Ricciardo broke down within the entry and we advised him to come back in however there was a double yellow with one automobile slowing down and one stationary so it was a complicated scenario.

“He handed by and slowed down due to the confusion which made us come out behind [Kevin] Magnussen, then it’s sport over.”

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