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Toto Wolff

Wolff instructs Mercedes to 'raise' game after recent issues

The Mercedes boss feels improvement is needed after recent issues between Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

Wolff not happy
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Mercedes must "ramp up its game" according to Toto Wolff after recent incidents between Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

In the Belgian Grand Prix Sprint Shootout, a timing miscommunication from the team meant both drivers got in each other's way, costing Hamilton a shot at Sprint pole and leaving him seventh having been on provisional pole after the first runs.

It followed an incident in Spanish GP Qualifying where the two actually hit on the main straight after another miscommunication, with Wolff feeling everyone at the team, including the drivers, must step up and eradicate such mistakes.

Wolff's instruction

"Between both of the drivers and the team, we just need to ramp up our game," Wolff told media including RacingNews365 of the recent issues in Belgium.

"In this situation, where it is about crossing the [start/finish] line, in tough conditions, we have to just get some precision and very quickly, you can look very good, very intelligent or very bad.

"If [Lewis and George] didn't tangle in the way they did, Max [Verstappen] would have missed the final lap.

"Having said that, he is not the driver we should be focused on, but instead on ourselves. We had the time to give them both a proper launch.

"Lewis was on provisional pole and then ended up seventh. All of us together know that it shouldn't be happening.

"When you see that he was leading the pack before that last lap, it is clearly a problem for all of us.

"It is not that [Lewis] has missed out on pole or the front row, but the team has missed out on it and all of us together.

"It's really a constant development and learning process, and with the with the badness that happened, we discussed afterwards and we've made a step in correcting that.

"But we've tripped up a few times, and now need to make sure we up our game."

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