There Mercedes he dreamed of resurrection, on the track that for many years had been his impregnable fort. Instead, after the splendid lap achieved yesterday in qualifying by Lewis Hamilton, today it was Max Verstappen who rejoiced and took home the three championship points up for grabs for the first Sprint Qualifying in F1 history. Mercedes equalized today’s comparison in the constructors’ standings, thanks to the third place of Valtteri Bottas. In the drivers’ championship, however, the gap Hamilton now has on his home rival Red Bull is 33 points. It was the start that decided the whole ‘mini race’. A situation in which Verstappen had already burned Hamilton in Imola and in Spain. The same scenario was repeated today, to the regret of Toto Wolff.
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“First of all, pole shouldn’t be the race – commented the Austrian manager speaking to Sky Sports F1 – but I would have done the opposite with yesterday’s qualifying. When you lose the race starting from pole it’s annoying – He admitted – but I think we got the pace, which is good news “. Analyzing this race of just 17 laps, Wolff agreed that everything was decided at the start. “If Lewis was in front, it would be the same race. So we have to take this chin blow and do it all again tomorrow. We have changed our approach a bit. The tires were in the right window. When we push hard like today, they can do it”Added the Mercedes team principal.