While Lewis Hamilton was lightning fast during qualifying, Valtteri Bottas had to settle for P3 behind Max Verstappen. Wolff talks to Sky Sports out how that could have happened.
“We did a good job over the weekend. However, Valtteri was happier with the car on Friday and today it was not perfect. For Hamilton it was the other way around. He was not happy on Friday but had a great car in qualifying.”
According to Wolff, Red Bull has also managed to find some more power at the same time, because according to the Austrian they went nice and fast on the straights. “It’s very nice and the car is very good. Red Bull also found some performance on the straights, because they had a lot of speed today.”
Verstappen starts on the dirty line
Wolff thinks the outcome of the qualification is completely fine. Even if one of his drivers was beaten by Verstappen, that may not be so bad for the race.
“P1 and P3, we are happy with that”, he laughs. “Our drivers are on the clean line, because there are no support races here. That’s why it should be fine. However, if Max has a good start and takes the lead after the first corner, it will of course be a bit more difficult.”
All in all, the motto is clear for the Mercedes men. “We have to finish well tomorrow and score points, catch up with Verstappen and Red Bull. Hopefully whoever wins the race in Abu Dhabi eventually wins the world title,” said the Mercedes team boss.