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Toto Wolff refuses responsible Mercedes’ Monaco improve on George Russell’s struggles: ‘We should wait to see…’ | F1

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Within the opening 5 rounds, Russell led Hamilton 4-1 within the qualifying head-to-head, whereas it was 2-2 on race day.

Since Monaco, Hamilton has solely been out-qualified by Russell on one event, whereas the Austrian Grand Prix was the one time he completed behind (on account of a penalty for monitor limits).

It’s been a exceptional shift in momentum at Mercedes, significantly as Russell managed to out-score Hamilton points-wise within the championship.

Talking after Friday follow on the Dutch Grand Prix, Wolff defined why he doesn’t wish to assess Russell’s struggles till after Singapore.

“I believe we should wait to [see] how this pans out and we’ve extra knowledge factors,” he instructed Sky. “This race and Monza, perhaps Singapore, three completely completely different tracks and see whether or not there was a shift due to the replace we launched.”

Russell struggled once more for one-lap tempo relative to Hamilton in FP2, practically four-tenths between the 2 Brits.

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“I believe on the primary run this afternoon with the tougher compound, the medium they used, he [Russell] was very aggressive after which placing on the smooth it wasn’t any extra,” Wolff added. “I wouldn’t make an excessive amount of of this in the present day. I believe tomorrow we’ll see.”

Wolff additionally revealed Mercedes are placing larger “emphasis on the race” somewhat than their qualifying efficiency.

“We made a giant enchancment from Friday to Saturday final 12 months which we’re not 100 per cent positive we perceive but however the automobile was aggressive,” he defined.

“I believe placing an emphasis on the race, like we did now, makes extra sense than simply chasing the pole place.”

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