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Toto Wolff On Hamilton-Russell’s Team: 'Couldn't Wish For Any Better Pairing'

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has expressed his delight regarding pairing Lewis Hamilton with young George Russell in the ongoing F1 season. At the end of the 2021 campaign, Mercedes let go of Valtteri Bottas and instead signed Russell on a long-term deal. The former Williams driver, Russell, has started off his Mercedes stint on a positive note as he is the only racer to have finished in the top five of each race this season despite a lack of overall pace from the W13.
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F1 News: Toto Wolff Calling The Mercedes W13 A ‘Diva’ Is An “Understatement”

Mercedes has had serious issues so far this season. And while the Miami Grand Prix shone a glimmer of light over the Mercedes camp as they showed a slightly faster pace than previously, tension is still high as the W13 continues to underperform. “We still don’t really understand why it’s so unpredictable,” George Russell said […] The post F1 News: Toto Wolff Calling The Mercedes W13 A ‘Diva’ Is An “Understatement” appeared first on Grand Tour Nation.
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Toto Wolff offers update on Lewis Hamilton’s jewellery row with FIA

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is confident Lewis Hamilton’s row with the FIA over its jewellery ban will come to a “good resolution”.Hamilton held talks with the FIA’s new president Mohammed ben Sulayem at the Miami Grand Prix this past weekend after the seven-time world champion said he would be prepared to boycott the race over the governing body’s clampdown.It led to Hamilton agreeing to take out his earrings for the race for safety reasons while he was given a two-race exemption for his nose piercing, which cannot be taken out easily.It means Hamilton will need to remove the piercing...
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Toto Wolff admits Mercedes ‘flying in the fog’ despite improvements in Miami

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says his team have been “flying in the fog” since the start of the season due to their difficulties with Formula One’s new car regulations.The team haven’t performed as most would have expected, only grabbing two podiums this campaign so far with no race wins. Mercedes did see some improvements at the last grand prix in Miami but Wolff admitted they still are a long way off from where they expected to be.“We have been [struggling] straight from the beginning, flying in the fog a little bit,” explained Wolff, per GP Fans. “And it is...
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Toto Wolff admits Mercedes are struggling to understand their lack of pace

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff admitted they “don’t understand” how to unlock the potential of the struggling W13 car, as both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished well short of their Red Bull and Ferrari rivals at the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday. Russell and Hamilton were fifth and sixth respectively at the inaugural Miami race as Max Verstappen claimed a second consecutive victory and third of the season as he held off the challenge of Charles Leclerc. But it was another disappointing race for Mercedes as they were again left unable to challenge for a race win. The team...
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Mercedes find ‘several directions’ to improve car ahead of Miami Grand Prix, promises Toto Wolff

Mercedes principal Toto Wolff has revealed the team have found “several directions for improving the car” ahead of the Miami Grand Prix this weekend.The reigning constructors champions have struggled at the start of the 2022 F1 season as the FIA’s new regulations appear to have worked against them.Ferrari and Red Bull are leading the way in both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships, with Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton down in fourth and seventh respectively.However Wolff, who endured another difficult weekend in Italy a fortnight ago, gave a positive update ahead of the fifth race of the season in...
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Toto Wolff ponders Mercedes change to combat porpoising

Toto Wolff has admitted he is considering a switch of strategy as Mercedes continue to struggle to find solutions to their ‘porpoising’ problems.Several teams have encountered issues with their cars bouncing due to the new car designs suffering with unexpected aerodynamic impacts, leading to the term which has become quickly widespread and adopted into the Formula One lexicon.The German team, who have won the Constructors’ Championship every year since 2014, have been off the pace at the first four races of the 2022 Formula 1 season.While new recruit George Russell has placed in the top five at every race so...
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F1 news LIVE: Lewis Hamilton explains ‘lonely journey’ in racing as Toto Wolff picks rare Mercedes highlight

Mercedes have endured a difficult start to the 2022 Formula 1 season having only accummulated 77 points from the first four races leaving them 47 points behind leading team Ferrari. Despite their struggles, Team Principal Toto Wolff is impressed with the “positive” relationship developing between the new driving partnership of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton. Russell is in his first year as a full-time Mercedes driver and has settled brilliantly. He currently sits fourth in the drivers’ championship and is 21 points ahead of his seven-time world champion teammate.The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was particularly tough for Hamilton who finished...
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Toto Wolff senses Mercedes improvement in Miami to unlock ‘quite some lap time’

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes if the team’s engineers can improve the car for the Miami Grand Prix they will have “some lap time”.The team have struggled this season, particularly with ‘porpoising’, which has seen them bag only two podiums and no wins. The reality of the situation has led driver Lewis Hamilton to concede his title chances this campaign.But Wolff says their season could turn around in Miami.“We very much believe that the science we are putting in at the moment will help us to, in effect, run the car lower,” he said, as per Motorsport.com. “It is...
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Toto Wolff accused of mind games by ‘not telling truth’ on radio to Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has been accused of playing mind games by 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg.Lewis Hamilton’s former rival says Wolff labelled Mercedes’ car “undriveable” to deflect from the British driver’s struggles this season. He says evidence for that is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell has been able to produce results in the same car. Mercedes’ new driver is the only competitor to finish in the top five in every race so far this season.“Toto was playing the mental game, which is very smart on his behalf,” Rosberg told Sky Sports F1. “[Mercedes are] taking the blame themselves, really...
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Toto Wolff explains George Russell’s advantage over Lewis Hamilton at Imola

Lewis Hamilton was “stuck” behind a DRS train at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix which contributed to his disappointing 13th place finish and explains why team-mate George Russell was able to finish fourth in an “undriveable” Mercedes car, Toto Wolff has said. Russell and Hamilton qualified 11th and 14th respectively following Saturday’s F1 Sprint, after failing to improve their grid position from Friday’s qualifying session, but their races took different turns on Sunday. Although both drivers continued to struggle with the ‘porpoising’ of the Mercedes, Russell was able to move through the field and up to sixth after...
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Nico Rosberg believes Toto Wolff is ‘annoyed’ with Lewis Hamilton after Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was annoyed at Lewis Hamilton during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend, according to former driver Nico Rosberg.Wolff and Hamilton were seen in a heated discussion on Friday after the seven-time champion only narrowly made it through Q1 before managing just 13th place on the grid in Q2.He would then go on to finish 14th in the sprint race and 13th in the Emilia Romagna GP on Sunday, before Wolff dismissed speculation about a rift between him and the seven-time champion.But Rosberg, who worked with Hamilton and Wolff for several years at Mercedes, feels there...
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Toto Wolff: Mercedes car not worthy of Hamilton

IMOLA, Italy -- Toto Wolff said Mercedes has not produced a car worthy of Lewis Hamilton's status as a seven-time world champion after seeing him get lapped by Max Verstappen and finish 13th at Imola. In one of the most ordinary displays of his illustrious career, Hamilton found himself stuck...
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Toto Wolff: "It's no fun at all. It's an exercise in humility"

In Mercedes, they are looking at the debacle in a relaxed way in the new season: It hurts, but I enjoy it because we will be much better The head of Mercedes, the Formula 1 team - Toto Wolff, says that it is frustrating to see how far his team lags behind Ferrari and Red Bull, but on the other hand, he also enjoys the challenge of getting his team back among the best.
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F1 News: Toto Wolff Reveals Reasoning Behind Lewis Hamilton Heated Talk – “So Angry”

The 2022 season has been quite unlucky for Mercedes and unfortunately, it keeps getting worse. The team has been trying hard to figure out a Gremlin in the F1 car since the beginning of the season but hasn’t succeeded in finding the root cause of the problem. With the kind of qualifying results we saw […] The post F1 News: Toto Wolff Reveals Reasoning Behind Lewis Hamilton Heated Talk – “So Angry” appeared first on Grand Tour Nation.
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Toto Wolff apologises to Lewis Hamilton for ‘undrivable’ Mercedes car in ‘terrible’ Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Toto Wolff has apologised to Lewis Hamilton for what the Mercedes team principal described as an “undrivable” car during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.Hamilton was again left frustrated by the performance of his vehicle, struggling to fight his way up through the field and unable to get by Pierre Gasly, who held the seven-time world champion at bay for much of the race at Imola.George Russell was able to overcome Mercedes’ ongoing problems and continue his run of top-five finishes, holding off Valtteri Bottas, the man he replaced at the team, to secure fourth.For Hamilton, though, a finish outside of...
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