Wolff hails 'sensational' Hamilton drive

By on Monday, June 13, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff heaped praise on a "sensational drive" from reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton as he collected the 45th victory of his Formula 1 career at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton dropped to second at the start and survived a brush with team-mate Nico Rosberg before he scrapped with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel for victory.

Ferrari elected to stop Vettel twice at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve while Mercedes opted to service Hamilton only once, a decision which proved crucial to the Briton's eventual success.

"That was a fantastic, action-packed race like we expect in Montreal - and a sensational drive from Lewis to take the win," said Wolff.

"As we went into the race, it wasn't clear whether one stop or two stops would be the way to go in the cold conditions and depending on how the tyres warmed up.

"But when Sebastian stopped behind the VSC [Virtual Safety Car], then it was clear that making just one stop was our best chance of winning.

"Then it was up to Lewis to keep the tyres alive, stretch the stints and do the pace we needed.

"He did a brilliant job of that and, when we could see from other cars on older soft tyres that they were holding on well, it was clear that the win was really on"

Wolff also believed that Hamilton's move on Rosberg into Turn 1 was "hard" and that the German did well to recover to fifth.

"It was a hard move and clearly you don't want or expect to come out of Turn 2 with cars in 2nd and 9th positions when you start from the front row," he said.

"But to be honest, these discussions after each race give me a feeling a little bit of deja vu.

"After that, Nico got his head down and did a fantastic job; he was on course for the podium before he suffered a slow puncture.

"This meant we brought him in for a second stop, then he was managing the car and also marginal on fuel, so he couldn't attack every lap."


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