Wolff says Mercedes need to check if they are "unconsciously" favouring Hamilton

15-07-2019 11:07 | Updated: 17-07-2019 12:43
by Louis Shaw
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Wolff says Mercedes need to check if they are unconsciously favouring Hamilton

Mercedes decided to put both of their drivers on a different strategy at the British Grand Prix to try and limit the risk of wheel-to-wheel racing between them. However, Toto Wolff thinks that they need to be aware of "unconsciously" favoring Lewis Hamilton in those situations. Valtteri Bottas had qualified on pole and perhaps he should have been given the choice on which strategy to go for. 

“The discussion we had with them in the morning was, if you were to put them on the same tyre on the same strategy, basically Turn 1 or lap one would lock in the result," Toto Wolff said to Motorsport.com

“And we felt that picking up on their suggestion, it would provide an interesting race. It still overlapped on many instances, we knew they would be racing each other but maybe with a different strategy, so that's what we tried.

“I think in hindsight in the argument has value, and I think we need to look at it – are we favoring somebody unconsciously? Which we wouldn't want to do.

“It created more experience and more data for us to judge whether it's something we want to do in the future.”

Mercedes are back to their dominant ways and will gain confidence after picking up another one-two heading into German in a few weeks time. 

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