Wolff explains Red Bull’s “strategic advantage” over Mercedes in title race

Red Bull will have a “strategic advantage” over Mercedes in today’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, according to Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.

Because their two drivers will be on opposing strategies and Sir Lewis Hamilton will be outnumbered.

Hamilton secured pole on Saturday after Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen both made mistakes in their last Q3 drives.

Although they will start in P2 and P3, respectively, straight behind the seven-time World Champion.

And, with Valtteri Bottas qualifying eighth on the grid, Hamilton may find it difficult to hold off the two Red Bulls, especially since Perez will be on a different tyre compound than Hamilton and Verstappen.

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Toto Wolff. Source: insider.com

Red Bull remains ahead despite Mercedes changes

Wolff stated after qualifying that he feels Red Bull would benefit from an “offset strategy” in the grand prix.

“It is an advantage they have. You would normally say that starting on the soft is not as good but here it is an offset strategy and it’s not worse than starting on the medium,” the Mercedes team principal said.

“So, for sure, with two cars we know that it’s always an advantage and the offset strategies give them another shot,” he said as per reports on Formula1 News.

Wolff went on to say that despite Mercedes’ improvements to their package, Red Bull still has a faster lap time than them.

“Clearly, Lewis’ lap today was very good. We have worked hard to sort out some of the balance issues that we had in Bahrain and I think we made a decent step on that.

“The drivability of the power unit has got better and the track conditions are obviously very different to the ones in Bahrain, so all of that played a certain factor.

“But if you one-for-one compare the laps to Red Bull, Max without the mistake would have been on pole. Solid on pole. Maybe not as much as Bahrain, but he would have been there,” he concluded.

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