Mercedes AMG team principal Toto Wolff knew that his team were not the quickest in Germany. Instead, he believed that fortune favoured them that weekend and they emerged with a one-two finish.
Inspite of starting 14th, Lewis Hamilton seized victory as Vettel bit the tyre barrier. The Briton succumbed to a hydraulic problem in qualifying. Meanwhile, in the other garage, Valtteri Bottas lined up second alongside pole mane Vettel. However, Mercedes denied him a chance of victory through team orders. What made it even more heartbreaking for Bottas was the fact that he had fresher tyres compared to his teammate.
Wolff confessed that their luck held out in Germany. But, there were situations during the season when Lady Luck deserted them.
Wolff is aware that the team has had their fair share of bad luck this season. But it was gratifying to see their fortunes improve in Hockenheim. He was delighted with a one-two finish especially on their stomping grounds. Such a result after starting 2nd and 14th on the grid was surreal.
The German marquee currently lead both championships as they head to the Hungarian Grand Prix. 4-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton has a 17-point buffer to Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers’ standings. In the Constructors standings, Scuderia Ferrari lie eight points away from Mercedes.
Although Wolff says that this is a proud achievement it is still a long season. Excluding Hungary, there are still ten races left on the calendar. He is quite sure that every team will be pushing to improve their positions in both championships.
Wolff is bracing for stiff opposition from Scuderia Ferrari and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. The latter will be right on the money at the Hungaroring with their affinity for low downforce. However, he hopes that Mercedes can come away with a good points haul when the summer break rolls by.