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Toto Wolff

Wolff sympathises with Ferrari: Pointing fingers wouldn't be right

Toto Wolff believes that whilst Ferrari's strategy decisions cost them the Hungarian Grand Prix victory, he didn't want to criticise individuals.

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Toto Wolff refused to be drawn into dissecting Ferrari's Hungarian Grand Prix defeat, but conceded that they appeared to make the wrong strategy call.

With Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc finishing fourth and sixth at the Hungaroring, Ferrari's strategy decisions became the centre of attention post-race.

With most of the field seeming to struggle on the Hard tyres, Ferrari were criticised for fitting then-race leader Leclerc with that rubber.

The Monegasque driver struggled for performance, and ultimately pitted again to get rid of the Hard tyre.

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff reluctantly conceded that Ferrari's pit strategy was probably the wrong one.

"I can't comment because hitting out on a person is never right," Wolff told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I don't know what the reasons were, why they decided to drop the Medium or not utilise the Soft at the start of the race, but I think that cost them the victory.

"Ferrari were fast, but they just couldn't materialise it."

Wolff: Difficult to lead from the front

Most of the success in Mercedes' 2022 season has come from the misfortunes of Red Bull or Ferrari, with the Brackley-based team generally struggling to match them for one-lap pace.

However, their improvements in race pace have brought them into play at certain circuits, including Silverstone and the Hungaroring.

When asked about Mercedes' strategy calls in their more competitive races this season, Wolff suggested that it's easier to make more aggressive strategy calls when you're the chasing car, citing Red Bull's Hungarian GP win as an example.

"You have to take decisions that could potentially cost you during the race," Wolff added.

"Where Max [Verstappen] was in the race, if you look at Red Bull's decisions, they wouldn't have probably made them if Leclerc was all around [chasing] them.

"It's certainly always more difficult to race at the front and get it right because you're under so much spotlight when you get it wrong."

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