Mercedes’ Wolff Hits Back at McLaren Boss Brown Over Verstappen/Russell Prediction

Mercedes’ Wolff Hits Back at McLaren Boss Brown Over Verstappen/Russell Prediction

When information broke that Mercedes had solely given Lewis Hamilton a one-year contract extension, rumors about the way forward for the group’s two seats began going round. McLaren’s Zak Brown waded into the dialogue by revealing what his driver lineup for 2022 could be if he have been in Mercedes’ sneakers. However, group principal Toto Wolff has quashed these claims by Brown.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown, within the lead-up to the season-opener at Bahrain, predicted a extremely thrilling lineup for Mercedes in 2022. He predicted a tandem of George Russell–Max Verstappen. This acquired the pulses working for F1 followers in all places, particularly coming from somebody throughout the F1 paddock.

Mercedes boss Wolff provides response to Brown claims

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In an interview (translated through Google), Toto Wolff addressed the unconfirmed rumors of Hamilton not chatting with Russell, following his unimaginable efficiency as Hamilton’s substitute for the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix.

The Austrian mentioned, “I’m hearing this for the first time. But the condition of my pilots is the least of my worries. But I can imagine that because the competition between the two is very strong. The big ones feel when a good guy is coming. And George is the next generation.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 22: The Drivers Press Conference with ART Grand Prix Formula 2 driver George Russell of Great Britain and Williams, Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1, and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 throughout previews forward of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The Austrian additionally went on to dismiss claims by Brown over a Russell-Verstappen combo for the 2022 season. He mentioned, “Brown is like Christian Horner. They just spread sh*t. I think Zak wanted to give Christian one with it. I don’t care.”

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How can the German group recuperate at Imola?

Even although Hamilton pulled off a shocking win on the season-opener at Bahrain, the German group will know that they have been fortunate to come back away with a win from there. Their daring pit cease technique might very effectively have backfired had they not gotten just a little assist from the stewards.

So, Mercedes will arrive at Imola from a relative place of power and would have given them some respiration room. They will even be glad with the three week break which ensued between the race in Bahrain and the subsequent one in Imola. This would have given them a while to try to recuperate from the tempo deficit they suffered to Red Bull all through the opening weekend.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in motion through the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The group additionally realizes that the subsequent two tracks at Imola and Portimao could not swimsuit their fashion of automobile and will strategy these weekends pragmatically. They will look to get as many factors as they presumably can and benefit from any mishaps on Red Bull’s half. So, the 2021 season will probably be very fascinating to observe for this battle alone.

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