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Toto Wolff sent brutal five-word message after Mercedes boss' Imola GP claim


After qualifying on Saturday, Wolff, 52, claimed that Mercedes were “right up there” with the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari, but Windsor, 72, thinks that’s a load of rubbish. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Windsor said the fact that Hamilton and Russell recorded times similar to that of Yuki Tsunoda it suggests that Mercedes have barely made any progress in the last year.

“McLaren are proving their worth, Ferrari have improved a lot last year,” he noted. “It’s only Mercedes really who keep saying, ‘Yeah we’ve improved a lot with small bits here and small bits there’, then it’s one step forward, half a step back.

“And in case of qualifying, Toto Wolff saying we’re right up there, we’re only half a second away from the poll shows the sort of improvements that we’re making. And yet at the same time, the two Mercedes [drivers were] split by Yuki Tsunoda in the second B team Red Bull car, which isn’t progress at all.”

The highest finish either Mercedes driver has managed this season is fifth, achieved by Russell in the season-opener in Bahrain. Since then, the pair have been languishing just above the middle of the pack and look firmly out of the title race already.

After the race, Wolff said: “It’s not possible to see it in terms of the result, but we have taken a small step forward this weekend,” Wolff said after the race. Our closest competitors have also done so recently, but we have closed the gap to the front a little. We still have a lot of work to do and of course, we are all frustrated finishing P6 and P7.

“There is more to come though, and it is all about making incremental gains. These are what we need to keep delivering if we are to get ourselves in the fight with the three teams ahead of us. With George’s second stop, our wear forecasts showed that he may struggle to make it last to the end of the race on the hard tyre.

“We had the opportunity to pit and get out ahead of Perez, and therefore opted to stop him. That also enabled us to go for the fastest lap point. It cost George a place to Lewis but ultimately the team was able to score an additional point.”

Red Bull absolutely dominated last season, with Verstappen and team-mate Sergio Perez winning 21 out of 22 Grands Prix but it looks as if they’ve got a little competition this term in the form of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque driver is 48 points behind table-topper Verstappen and six ahead of third-placed Perez.

Elsewhere, Lando Norris, who won the Miami Grand Prix at the start of the month, is in fourth spot, half-a-dozen points behind Perez, while Leclerc’s Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz is snapping at Norris’ heels in fifth.

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