, 2022-08-27 02:00:00,
On a weekend when grid penalties for a number of front runners have given Mercedes another good shot of going for the win, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell ended up just seventh and eighth fastest.
But of more concern was the fact that Hamilton was a whopping 1.838 seconds slower than pace-setter Max Verstappen‘s Red Bull.
Wolff said that such a dramatic turnaround in fortunes for Mercedes since Hungary was not something that sat easy with him.
“You can’t be on pole three weeks before, albeit for very different conditions, different track, and then be 1.8 seconds off the pace at the next one,” he said. “So there’s something which we totally don’t understand, or seem to get right.
“Clearly, Red Bull is here in a league of their own, as the next Ferrari is eight tenths off. But that is no consolation.
“It’s for me the worst qualifying session that I had in 10 years. And irrespective of what positions we’re going to start tomorrow, being on pole the previous weekend and three weeks later being nowhere, it’s just not acceptable for ourselves.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13
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