Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team Principal, CEO and co-owner Toto Wolff says that Lewis Hamilton deserved victory in Sunday’s inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche circuit.
The race was extremely dramatic with Hamilton claiming victory despite a collision with title rival Max Verstappen laste in the race.
Wolff also commended Valtteri Bottas’ performance as the Finn scored a third place finish in what was his 100th Mercedes race start.
Speaking following the action, Wolff said:
Winning the race today, in such a dramatic way, I think Lewis deserved it. We could have been out a few times with a broken front wing – it was a spectacular race, if not necessarily a good one. We obviously had frustration at the beginning with the red flag but today was a difficult race to manage for Race Control – when is a virtual safety car is called, when is a safety car called, when is a red flag? It’s so tough, and I’ll reserve judgement until I watch the race back tomorrow.
Both our drivers kept their cool heads, and kept pushing and pushing. Lewis drove so intelligently and with patience. Valtteri made a great comeback and to take P3 on his 100th race for Mercedes is just brilliant, a big haul of points for the team. At the end it’s all going down to the wire, that’s how the sport should be and we love it!