Toto Wolff (AUT) Mercedes AMG F1 Director of Motorsport at Formula One World Championship, Rd20, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Qualifying, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Saturday 25 November 2017.

Toto Wolff was annoyed with Max Verstappen’s Russian GP result, saying he was disappointed with the momentum swinging Red Bull’s way.

Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Russian GP, and that was the perfect result for Mercedes. However, the reality hit them as Verstappen took second place, a result which was the worst possible one for them.

They had gone all-in on their plan to pin him at the back, even putting Valtteri Bottas at the back to try and hold him off. However, Verstappen easily dealt with what was thrown at him, and then rain arrived as the last equaliser to help him take P2.

The result meant Verstappen currently trails Hamilton by two points, but Mercedes is very much at a disadvantage. The upcoming tracks favour their rivals more than them, and Hamilton’s looming engine penalty is a situation that will be haunting them.

Wolff was annoyed with Verstappen’s Russian GP result, saying he is disappointed with the momentum swinging Red Bull’s way.

Wolff sees spectacular Verstappen: 'Not good for the championship'
Wolff (pictured) was not impressed with Verstappen taking P2 in Russia. Source:

In an interview with, Wolff said, “In a way, we’re not maximising our points scoring, and the same today. I think quali (qualification) was all decisive.

“Valtteri going back after an engine penalty – we knew was difficult, and we ended up with a first and fifth, and that is very good, no doubt about that. But Max recovered in a spectacular form, and that is not good for the championship.”

Faith in the team

Wolff then proceeded to say that he is not beating himself about it, and that the season is still very much there for the taking. He stated that while Mercedes hasn’t been the best at taking advantage of opportunities, Red Bull hasn’t been clinical either.

“In a nutshell, we just need to continue to be really aggressive in how we approach this season, not be defensive, but just move forward in order to score these big points,” Wolff said. “Because neither us nor the others are really good in maximising the points at the moment.”

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