The entire grid noticed the great speed of Max Verstappen in qualifying for the Belgian GP. Although he arrived with high expectations, Lewis Hamilton showed the great distance from Mercedes to Red Bull and admitted: he will not miss the W13 at the end of the year.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff agreed with the #44. And he said more: the car performance this Saturday (27) was one of the worst teams in recent years.
“Obviously, Red Bull is in a league of its own. Where’s the closest Ferrari? 0s8, 0s9 between us? This is no consolation. For me, it’s the worst qualifying session I’ve had in 10 years, regardless of the position we will start tomorrow.”
“To be on pole in the last race and three weeks later to be nowhere is unacceptable for us,” he continued.
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Due to multiple engine change penalties, Hamilton and George Russell will start from fourth and fifth, respectively. But the British driver and Wolff have not seen the big changes expected at the Belgian circuit, at least so far.
“Lewis said it was like dragging a parachute behind him. Unstable, the car overturns in turns eight and nine, jumps at high speed and does not inspire confidence. I have heard nothing positive about the car’s performance this weekend. Now is the time to understand everything and decide what to do next.”
“We are usually better in the race than we are in qualifying, so it will be interesting to see if tomorrow’s race results are better than today’s,” he concluded.
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