Wolff delighted with Mercedes duo


Published: Sunday 10th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Toto Wolff was left feeling as if both of his Mercedes drivers had won the Spanish Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton overcame a number of obstacles to finish second to team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Having won three out of the opening four races of the season, reigning champion Hamilton was powerless to stop Rosberg sealing a dominant victory from pole position.

That leaves him 20 points clear of the German in the standings but, having suffered with a poor start and being held up with a left-rear tyre issue during his first stop, Wolff was happy to complete a third one-two of the year for the dominant Silver Arrows.

“I want to point out one thing; the result feels like P1 and P1,” he said.

“On a three-stop, with a compromised start and a compromised pit-stop, P2 is really great driving from Lewis. Both of them were faultless in the race and that is extremely satisfying that we can pull it out even though things are not running perfectly.”

With Rosberg chalking up his first win of the campaign, Wolff also feels the pendulum of momentum now will be swinging towards the 29-year-old as he heads to Monaco looking for a third successive win on the streets of the principality.

“They are both mentally very strong,” the Mercedes head of motorsport added.

“They come out very strong even after a bad weekend or a defeat after the debrief is over they concentrate on the next one. You saw it last year – Nico went on a run and the balance swung to him now and I think you are going to see the same this season.

“(They are) two drivers who are matching each other, trying to out-perform each other and for the team it’s a good situation because it lifts the performance of the whole team and it is the best case.”

Technical director Paddy Lowe labelled Hamilton’s display as ‘extraordinary’ as the 30-year-old maintained a 12-race record of finishing in the top two.

“Lewis’ pace on the prime tyre and then again on the second set of options was extraordinary,” he said.

“This enabled him to break free enough to avoid an overtaking situation before the third stop, making it a much more comfortable second place that it could have been.”

Published: Sunday 10th May 2015 by The News Editor

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