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Upgrades not reason for Hamilton ‘pole' – Wolff

Jul.17 Toto Wolff has denied that Mercedes' car upgrades explain Lewis Hamilton's shock pole position for the first-ever ‘sprint qualifying' F1 race. After just an hour of practice at Silverstone, the 2021 field headed into the sport's first Friday qualifying session since 2003 – and championship leader Max Verstappen could only manage second best. 'I couldn't really attack in a lot of corners because of understeer,' said the Dutchman. 'It was a very strange feeling on the wheel.' Hamilton's surprise quickest time was helped by a slipstream from his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who admitted: 'Against a Red Bull like this, we can only do it with good team play.' Verstappen,...
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