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Mercedes not playing mind games over pace - Toto Wolff

Toto Wolff has insisted that Mercedes is not playing mind games by repeatedly playing down its pace, despite taking four straight 1-2s in 2019, pointing to the performance displayed by opponents. Mercedes believed pre-season that it was on par with, or slightly behind, rivals Ferrari based on pre-season data, but has gone on to record four 1-2 finishes. It has also locked out the front-row of the grid at three of the first four events, missing out only in Bahrain, where Charles Leclerc dominated until suffering an engine glitch. “I’m sitting here [in Azerbaijan] and looking like appearing to be — what can I say? We are not talking ourselves down,” said Wolff....
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