Brazen-Faced Toto Wolff Jokingly Reveals the Secret to Mercedes’ Powerful Engines in Turkey

Published 10/10/2021, 11:55 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff smiles as he speaks with members of the media next to St Kilda beach during previews to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 12, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Mercedes had probably the fastest car on the track at the Turkish Grand Prix. But it looks like the race might have ended for them in a bittersweet manner. While Valtteri Bottas won the race comfortably, Lewis Hamilton threw away a podium to finish in P5.

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The seven-time world champion made a quick recovery after starting from P11 after his engine penalty. The Mercedes engine was extremely quick in the race and helping them ease past their rivals. With so much discussion around the team’s newfound pace, Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff revealed the secret behind their engine.

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Toto Wolff reveals the secret behind their engine performance

Just like every member of the team, Wolff also had mixed emotions. He praised Valtteri for a seamless drive, but it express disappointment in Hamilton’s result. When asked about the secret behind Lewis’s new engine performance, he gave a hilarious response.

“A V12. Don‘t tell anyone,” said Wolff, cheekily.

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As reported by GPBlog, Toto Wolff stated that they had to take a gamble with the tires. Since Lewis had refused to come into the pits previously, they thought the tires might not last the race and they could have lost more.

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Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021, Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

“It’s quite interesting. The intermediates looked really scary, but we thought that we could maybe hang out there and finish third with not stopping, or if a dry line appeared, we’d go for a slick to the end.

“So, we balanced between pitting and fighting with Perez and Leclerc on track for P3 or taking a bit of a gamble, either winning or finishing third,” said Wolff.

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Hamilton was running in podium places when he came into the pits. He came out P5 behind Leclerc but in the end, had to defend from the cars behind to keep his place. The result meant that he lost the championship lead to Verstappen.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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