Wolff reveals fear of defeat after Hamilton’s DSQ – “If you lose, it’s not a success story”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff revealed his fear of a defeat in the championship after Lewis Hamilton’s DSQ in Brazil.

One of the most iconic moments in F1 history happened when Hamilton was disqualified after qualifying at the Brazilian GP. This was due to a technical infringement on his rear wing. He was forced to start the sprint race from the back of the grid, and what followed was utter madness.

The sprint saw the seven-time champion blitz past those in front without a care. He made up an astonishing fifteen positions and finished fifth, meaning he would start the race in 10th place after his penalty. The race saw him go from P10 to a mighty P1, completing a bonkers last-to-first victory and dropping all jaws.

However, Wolff revealed his fear of a defeat in the championship after Hamilton’s DSQ, but was super relieved when he completed the comeback.

“If you lose, it’s not a success story,” he told Auto Motor und Sport, as quoted by Formula1news.co.uk.

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Hamilton (centre) dropped all jaws at Interlagos. Source: formula1news.co.uk

“The positive thing about that was the performance, how we managed to come back.”

Setback

“After the disqualification in Brazil, I would have said that the drivers’ championship was lost. Nevertheless, we started with the same points in Abu Dhabi,” he explained.

“We thought we could cope with the cut in the rear floor in front of the rear tyres. With the lead we had in 2020, we thought we could compensate for that. We saw it as a kind of challenge.

“That was a misjudgement. During the tests, we noticed how much behind we got. I guess that cost us a second.”

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