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Formula 1: Toto Wolff claims that Mercedes has ‘halved the distance’ to Red Bull & Ferrari following W13 upgrades

Formula 1: Toto Wolff claims that Mercedes has ‘halved the distance’ to Red Bull & Ferrari following W13 upgrades

Formula 1: Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff said that his team could have matched red bull’s Max Verstappen’s pace in Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring. But as Lewis Hamilton and George Russell crashed in the qualifying session as he looks upon the team’s possibilities for the upcoming French GP. Follow Formula 1 updates […]

Formula 1: Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff said that his team could have matched red bull’s Max Verstappen’s pace in Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring. But as Lewis Hamilton and George Russell crashed in the qualifying session as he looks upon the team’s possibilities for the upcoming French GP. Follow Formula 1 updates with InsideSport.IN

This happens after Lewis Hamilton and George Russell both were involved in the qualifying session crash at the Austrian Grand Prix at the red bull ring as fans booed hamilton.

Formula 1: Toto Wolff claims that Mercedes has 'halved the distance' to Red Bull & Ferrari following W13 upgrades
Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton crashed at the dying stages of the Q3 session at the Austrian Grand Prix

Despite both Silver Arrows crashing in qualifying, they achieved good results at the Austrian Grand Prix. It was Hamilton who took his third successive podium finish and his fourth of this season at the Austrian GP while Russell claimed the fourth position.

After the Austrian GP, Wolff stated: “It’s just that we are missing a few tenths here and there. I think we’ve halved the gap over the last few months. We understand better, but we’re still third, fourth – we’re somewhere right in the middle of nowhere.”

Formula 1: Toto Wolff claims that Mercedes has 'halved the distance' to Red Bull & Ferrari following W13 upgrades
Wolff claims that Mercedes has “halved the distance” to Red Bull and Ferrari following W13 upgrades

He further added: “For sure [the qualifying crashes] didn’t help, because even though you can set up and measure the car… it puts you on the wrong foot right away.”

He was also overheard saying, “But if I tried to choose the positives, with today’s race pace, if we would have – which we didn’t – started right in the top six, possibly we could’ve hung on to Max [Verstappen] and not been that far out.”

Wolff also told, “Paul Ricard should be alright. It has fast corners and a smooth layout similar to Silverstone, so it appears, at least on paper, that we can perform well there.”

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