Wolff hails 'incredible' Hamilton drive

By on Monday, May 30, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff hailed Lewis Hamilton's "incredible" drive as the Briton secured his first victory of 2016 at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton started from third place on the grid in wet conditions before Mercedes ordered Nico Rosberg to cede position, elevating Hamilton to second.

Hamilton inherited the lead by staying out on Wet tyres and made his sole stop to switch to Ultra Soft tyres when the circuit dried, and retained his track position, aided by a slow stop from Red Bull.

"What an incredible drive from Lewis: he didn't put a foot wrong, we took some risks together as a team and lady luck smiled on us as well," he said.

"It was an amazing race and just what the doctor ordered after everything we have been through together in recent weeks."

Wolff also expressed sympathy for Rosberg, who trailed home seventh after struggling for pace in the wet and enduring a slow stop.

"But I feel really bad for Nico, too; he endured a messy race in a car that didn't have the pace, a delayed second pit stop that cost him track position and then found himself stuck behind [Fernando] Alonso for the rest of the race," added Wolff.

"It was like all his bad luck came on one day and the result was P7. In the first stint we told him to let Lewis pass, as that was our best chance of winning the race at that time.

"The fact that he did so was the gesture of a great team player."

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