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Wolff: Disappointing to be only P5 and P8

Wolff: "Disappointing to be only P5 and P8"

2 July - 17:59 Last update: 18:40

Oli Lewis

Toto Wolff's Mercedes were far from perfect in the rain during qualifying, but that doesn't mean we should count them out come the race on Sunday, as the team boss is optimistic about the race pace they showed throughout practice

Struggles but there is a silver lining for Mercedes

"It felt like we had made a good step with the car in the dry in FP3, and that we could be in the mix for qualifying." opens the Austrian in the Mercedes press release "Obviously, the rain came and we managed the session well, setting competitive laps as the rain ebbed and flowed. But in Q3, the final laps didn't come together - George had a lock-up on his penultimate lap, and Lewis struggled with a split on brake temperatures and losing some tyre temperature." he continues and explains where qualifying went wrong for both of his drivers.

Speaking honestly he says: "So it's a little disappointing to be only P5 and P8, and to not have extracted the full potential today."

However the 50-year-old looks forward to the race tomorrow. "The silver lining is that we had strong long runs yesterday - we have improved the car since then - and it's race pace that matters round here. I'm looking forward to watching it all play out in front of these fantastic fans and another packed house."

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