Mercedes team boss Wolff: ‘Verstappen the favorite for GP of Spain’


Not the Mercedes drivers in the first row, but Max Verstappen in third place is the favorite for the Grand Prix of Spain on Sunday afternoon. That says Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

A somewhat remarkable prediction from the Austrian in conversation with, among others, FORMULA 1, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who was seven tenths faster than Verstappen in qualifying. So why does Wolff do it anyway? Because of the situation with the tires and Verstappen’s fast long runs (racesimulaties, red.) on Friday.

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“If you look at the conditions, it’s an agreement between Silverstone and Barcelona, ​​and it’s hot,” says Wolff. “The circuits are very different, however. We therefore do not expect the same blistering as in Silverstone, but more wear and overheating of the tires. ”

Tire whisperers Verstappen and Red Bull

At Silverstone, Verstappen not only won last Sunday, he also had the race under control as the Mercedes drivers struggled with their tires – and thus their pace. “I therefore believe that Red Bull is well versed in these kinds of circumstances,” admits Wolff.

That said, he says Mercedes has been working hard on how the cars handle the tires. “Hopefully we can make it difficult for Max”, he still sounds a bit cautious. Because: “Based on the long runs on Friday, Max should be seen as a favorite. ”

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