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How far could Mercedes go if they had the chance of the last quick lap of Q3 of qualifying this Saturday (3), in Zandvoort? Mercedes chief executive and team principal Toto Wolff believes Lewis Hamilton was around strong enough to take pole position until Sergio Perez made a mistake and caused a yellow flag.
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According to Wolff, Hamilton had been making up for lost time until Pérez rode alone. As much as choosing to take the final fast lap after everyone else is a risk, the director understands that it is the only way for Mercedes to fight for the top positions, by taking advantage of all the rubber on the track. So, despite having no way to react if something goes wrong, it was the decision he preferred.
“It’s very frustrating. We were ahead of Verstappen and Leclerc, so Lewis was playing for pole position,” he told British TV channel Sky Sports.
Lewis Hamilton did not take the last fast lap because of the yellow flag caused by Sergio Pérez (Photo: Mercedes)
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Asked if that was the case, he reiterated. “Yes, we were ahead of both of them. It wasn’t the case in the end. I think Pérez pushed too hard and lost control, it’s not his fault. You miss pole because of the yellow flag. [nesse caso]but it loses by a few hundredths if it goes to the track before the others”, evaluated.
Which does not mean pessimism for Sunday. “Anything is possible. We have a strong car, we are starting in the second row, so we will see how far we can get tomorrow”, he concluded.
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