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Wolff: Mercedes podium in Suzuka thwarted by ‘atrocious’ first stint

©Mercedes Michael Delaney 07/04/2024 at 11:0307/04/2024 at 11:27 Toto Wolff reckons Mercedes would have been in contention for a podium in Sunday’s Japanese GP but for an ‘atrocious’ first stint that set back its drivers from the outset. There was nothing lost and nothing gained for the Brackley squad in Suzuka where George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finished respectively seventh and ninth, their exact same positions - but in reverse – on the race’s grid. Mercedes’ strategists opted to start their drivers’ race on the medium compound but the latter was immediately swapped for a set of hards during the event’s red flag period triggered after just one lap. But mediocre pace...
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