A relieved Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ motorsport boss, has admitted that a 1-2 finish in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix has helped draw a line in the sand after a torrid fortnight in the wake of its Monaco Grand Prix blunder.
A poor strategic call between driver and team cost Lewis Hamilton a certain victory at the preceding Monaco Grand Prix when they decided to pit for a second time during a late Safety Car period. The decision handed Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg, a surprise victory, while the reigning champion finished the race in third place.
“It looked like a bunch of idiots were managing the team.” – Toto Wolff reflects on the Monaco Grand Prix missteps
Fast forward two weeks to Montreal, where the team can reflect on a near-faultless weekend where it managed tyres, fuel consumption and brake wear for an emphatic 1-2 finish.
“I must say that after Monaco it was very difficult for the team to handle that,” Wolff told the official Formula 1 website.
“We were exposed to massive criticisms. It looked as if all the previous race wins and both title wins of 2014 were suddenly forgotten and a bunch of idiots were managing the team.
“Today’s result makes that all a thing of the past.”
For Hamilton, this marked a return to victory lane for the first time since April’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
“It’s been a fantastic weekend. It’s great to get back on the top step,” he beamed after leading every lap of the race from pole position.
“Did I need this [win]? I think so. The team did amazing job and I’m really just proud to be up here [on the top step of the podium]. It’s not a relief, it just feels good to continue with good strength and it’s great that the team is continuing to be strong as well and continue to move forwards. That’s probably the most impressive thing.”
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