F1: Hamilton, Verstappen… The crazy confidences of Toto Wolff on the coronation of Red Bull
Published on October 14, 2022 at 02:35
Beaten last year at the last Grand Prix, Mercedes had the ambition to recover this season. Finally, the German team will never have been able to compete in the race for the title while the transition to the new rules had been anticipated confirms Toto Wolff. For his part, Christian Horner, the boss of Red Bull, was surprised by this lack of rhythm.
This season, Lewis Hamilton will never have been able to rub shoulders with Max Verstappen. World champion on the final lap of the final Grand Prix last year, the driver Red Bull was, this time, crowned five races before the end. Irrefutable proof of his dominance over the Formula 1 this season. Far behind, Lewis Hamilton and mercedes have still not won a single Grand Prix.
Mercedes had anticipated this season
However, according to the words of Toto Wolff, mercedes would have sacrificed the end of the 2021 season… in order to focus on this one! » How did we reason? With us, it’s always been very simple: you always have to think about the long-term interest. Throwing everything into the 2021 battle until the last Grand Prix makes no sense because next year’s regulations will accompany us for a few years. (…) In terms of aerodynamic development, we stopped a long time ago “, assures the boss of mercedes in comments relayed by Nextgen Auto.
This overtaking of Max Verstappen which made it possible to be world champion 🐐 pic.twitter.com/Gey0aBilW4
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« I’m surprised by Mercedes’ lack of pace »
On his side, Christian Hornerthe boss of Red Bulldid not expect such a difficult season for mercedes. » I’m surprised by Mercedes’ lack of pace. Because they made an early transition to the 2022 rules in 2021, they were vocal about compromising the championship last year to switch to their 2022 car very early. « , launches the Austrian who is pleased with the very good season of Red Bull : “ What’s been particularly nice about this year is that despite the colossal regulatory changes we’ve had to go through this year, and we honestly felt we had compromised this year by betting everything on last year, the team arrived with an amazing car. We were probably the last team to switch to the 2022 regulations. We fell behind in development in 2021 « .