Wolff: weekends like Belgium excite you
Toto Wolff tried to express a sense of defiance after Mercedes’ humiliating 2022 Belgian Grand Prix, saying the team was fired up to tackle the upcoming Dutch Grand Prix this weekend at Zandvoort.
The eight-time Formula 1 constructors’ champions were slapped at Spa as the best qualifying car – Lewis Hamilton – was 1.8 seconds off the pace of Max Verstappen in the Red Bull after hoping for an upgrade as well that the full implementation of TD039 will improve their chances.
Knowing Verstappen would be handed an engine block penalty, Hamilton may have also ventured to think of a win in Belgium, but his clumsy incident early in the race put an end to such aspirations.
Although George Russell reclaimed fourth place for the team, he was over 30 seconds behind Verstappen’s Red Bull winner who was cruising towards the end of the race, further proving the Silver Arrows’ lack of pace.
“Belgium was a tough weekend for us as a team, but these weekends are the ones that really motivate you and make you dig deeper,” said Toto Wolff in Mercedes’ preview of the race. of this weekend.
Belgium a weekend of extremes
“There were such big extremes throughout the weekend; differences in pace on Saturday and Sunday, in the first lap difficult for the late charge of Lewis and George for a podium, ”he added.
“We’ve worked hard to understand the challenges in our spa and luckily we don’t have long to wait before we can utilize and maximize these learnings.
“What will make the difference for the rest of this season is how quickly and how efficiently we can continue to learn, to deliver our best performance this year and next,” stressed the Austrian.
“The Dutch Grand Prix is next, and it was a real party atmosphere last year,” he said. “It’s an interesting old school track with fast corners, banked corners and lots of character.
“So we’re excited to be back out there and taking on the challenges of the circuit with this year’s car,” Wolff concluded.
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