Head of Mercedes Motorsport Toto Wolff was unhappy with the performance of the German team at the Grand Prix of Malaysia.
Lewis Hamilton started from pole position, but finished second. In the race Lewis and his teammate Valtteri Bottas were down in the pace of the racers Red Bull Racing and Ferrari representative, Sebastian Vettel, started from last place on the grid.
Despite the lack of speed, Lewis managed to increase the gap from Vettel in the overall standings of season 2017 to 34 points.
“I am extremely overwhelmed with the performance, said Toto in comments to Sky Sports. – You can’t just look at what happened and say that we scored more points than Ferrari. We are very much lost in speed over the weekend.
We lost the Ferrari half a second. Perhaps if Max [Verstappen] were riding high, we would have lost a second to him.
Like a machine, demonstrating incredible speed on many tracks, can so much to lose as a result of overheating of the tire?
In Singapore we coped well on a wet track. Now you must remain calm and analyze the situation.
If you look at the pace, Lewis could finish fifth today, and it worries us.
Before the weekend in Suzuka a few days. In addition, in Japan, the climate is significantly different from Malaysian. On paper, the Suzuka must be suitable more for us than Sepang. Regarding Malaysia, we had concerns, but, in any case, we had to be here.
After we analyze the race, I think about six glasses, which allowed to increase the gap from Ferrari. However now I still not recovered from the failure in Sepang”.
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