Toto Wolff really felt the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team made use of a ‘get out of jail free card’ throughout the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend break as they left Italy still in the lead of both champions.

Lewis Hamilton restored a second-place surface at Imola in spite of locating himself dealing with the obstacle midway via the race, with the Briton likewise establishing the fastest lap to rack up a bonus offer indicate maintain himself in advance of Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship.

Team-friend Valtteri Bottas had a problem weekend break, certifying just 8th and afterwards collapsing out in a hefty mishap entailing Williams Racing’s George Russell while the duo were defending technicalities.

Wolff, the Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, states the group remain in for a tough period in 2021, specifically with the difficulty Red Bull have actually offered in the opening up 2 races.

“Imola was a crazy race and the kind of grand prix that lives long in the memory: there were so many ups and downs and there were a few moments where it felt like we wouldn’t score any points at all,” stated Wolff. “It was a rollercoaster of feelings, from the frustration of Valtteri’s terrifying mishap to the adventure of Lewis’ recuperation drive.

“To come away leading both Championships almost felt like a get out of jail free card, because our rivals didn’t maximise the opportunity we gave them. And it just proves what a challenging season we have ahead of us and how quickly things can turn around in Formula 1.”

Mercedes completed initially as well as second in in 2015’s Portuguese Grand Prix at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, however Wolff is anticipating one more close fight with Red Bull in this year’s occasion.  He likewise does not believe Scuderia Ferrari, neither the McLaren F1 Team will certainly be far.

“Last year was our first race in Portimão,” stated Wolff.  “It’s an interesting, undulating track as well as generated some wonderful auto racing in 2020; we likewise saw in certifying as well as the opening up laps that obtaining the tires functioning effectively is hard.

“It’s still rather a brand-new circuit for every person, which must make points intriguing as well as imply we are discovering throughout the weekend break.

“We’re expecting another close fight with Red Bull, and both McLaren and Ferrari could also be in the mix too. So, let’s see how things play out in Portugal.”

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