Brazil woke ‘brutal and chilly blooded’ Hamilton, says Wolff
The problem confronted by Lewis Hamilton in Brazil triggered a response that permits him to ruthlessly carry out at the next stage, in accordance with Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff.
Hamilton set the quickest time in qualifying at Interlagos however was later disqualified when his automobile failed scrutineering as a consequence of a failed a part of the rear wing. With Max Verstappen due to this fact beginning first, Hamilton confronted a troublesome activity from the again of the grid however rose to fifth within the Dash earlier than successful the grand prix itself from tenth, backing that up with pole and victory in Qatar to cut back Verstappen’s championship result in eight factors.
“They’ve woken up the lion on the Saturday in Interlagos,” Wolff mentioned. “He’s completely on it. Brutal. And chilly blooded. That is the perfect in Lewis and we’ve seen it previously and that is proper there.
“I believe when adversity occurs it takes him to a spot the place he is ready to mobilize superhero powers. It was the adversity that triggered that at Interlagos.”
Whereas Mercedes was on the again foot in Austin and Mexico — the place Verstappen gained on each events regardless of Circuit of the Americas being seen as a Mercedes circuit — Wolff insists he had no doubts over his workforce’s skill to combat again within the championship battle.
“I believe I by no means stopped believing that this was on, as a result of we had such a powerful Turkey that clearly fell again beneath our expectations in Austin and in Mexico. Anybody within the workforce refuses to surrender.
“I’m grateful how the championship has swung. If you happen to had informed me at the beginning of the yr that we’d be proper within the combat in Saudi and Abu Dhabi I’d have taken it. I hope that’s going to go all the way in which to the top and whoever will win deserves the win.”