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Toto Wolff Accidentally Labels Lewis Hamilton a “Fool” as Mercedes Splits Into Two Halves After Giant Leap

Published 06/08/2023, 8:30 AM EDT

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Mercedes made a stunning comeback in the Spanish Grand Prix, securing the second and third positions with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, respectively. The Silver Arrow’s improved performance came after introducing significant upgrades to their W13 car. As Mercedes split into two halves over the upgraded W14, Toto Wolff unintentionally labeled Lewis Hamilton a “fool” during a lighthearted exchange.

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Lewis Hamilton’s improved performance and George Russell’s podium finish gave Mercedes a glimmer of hope after a challenging 2022 and 2023 season. Mercedes arrived at the Spanish Grand Prix with high hopes, having struggled with porpoising issues throughout the season. The team introduced significant upgrades, including a new floor, traditional sidepods, and new suspensions, which gave Lewis Hamilton a more comfortable driving experience as he expressed his elation.

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Lewis Hamilton, beaming with satisfaction, expresses his gratitude to the team for their continuous efforts. He acknowledges that there is still work to be done but states, “Mega job, guys. Mega job! Thank you so much for everyone back in the factory continuing to push. Mega job to George as well. Awesome drive.”


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In a rather ironic statement as reported by, Toto Wolff cautiously downplays any overt optimism regarding Mercedes’ potential double podium finish: “I’m never optimistic. Only fools are optimistic..” Wolff’s remark might unintentionally label Hamilton a “fool”, but he actually emphasizes the ongoing growth and development of Mercedes.

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Toto Wolff expressed his hope that this progress would not be a repeat of last year’s setbacks:But that’s a huge step forward. We have to keep calm, because last year we looked pretty decent in Barcelona.” Will Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ relentless pursuit of excellence pay off in the end?

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Lewis Hamilton, in stark contrast to Wolff’s cautious tone, remains optimistic about Mercedes’ chances of catching up to Red Bull Racing, who are currently in a league of their own. After the Spanish GP, Hamilton acknowledged the gap but expressed his determination to continue chasing the dominant Red Bull team. “I’m more focused on making sure we have the car next year to challenge them from day one,” added Hamilton.

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He understands that fighting for the constructors’ championship might be a challenging task this season, but hopes to narrow the margin by year’s end. Despite Mercedes’ improvements in Barcelona, it is clear that Red Bull Racing is operating at a different level of performance. Max Verstappen’s commanding victory with 24 seconds between Lewis Hamilton and him, achieving the Grand Slam, demonstrated the gulf between the two teams.

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Vidhita is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. Driven by her deep passion for motorsports and a love for the exhilaration of speed. Since 2016, she has been captivated by the world of F1 after watching a race with a relative, and her fascination has only grown stronger over the years.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai