Wolff pleased with Mercedes development

By on Monday, May 11, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that the squad's 1-2 finish at the Spanish Grand Prix is encouraging for future races, due to the stern test provided by the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Nico Rosberg claimed his first victory of the campaign while a three stop strategy enabled Lewis Hamilton to move ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who finished 45 seconds adrift of race winner Rosberg.

"Nico did the perfect job: he had a great start, built the gaps that he needed and made his two-stop strategy work in a fantastic way," said Wolff.

"He was controlled and composed throughout. Lewis lost a position on the start, then had a slow first pit stop, and that left him stuck behind Vettel's Ferrari in the second stint. At that point, we knew that the only chance of getting past Sebastian was to do something different with the strategy but it was still a bold move to try the three-stopper.

"It was only going to work if Lewis managed to overtake on track and he made it work with great moves on Räikkönen and Bottas - he was decisive when he needed to be and showed some incredible pace on the prime tyre.

"It's a great feeling to take a one-two finish at this circuit, which is a really severe test for the complete car package, and a confirmation that the updates we brought in a number of areas correlated to the track and delivered a good performance improvement."


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