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Wolff sure Mercedes will hit back

31st July 2019, 16:17 by Neil Foster

Toto Wolff admits Mercedes have held frank discussions about the Germany debacle and will bounce back in Hungary.

The Silver Arrows looked in line to dominate at Hockenheim with both drivers beginning the race well, but it all went wrong as Lewis Hamilton could only manage ninth place after a series of errors.

The five-time Formula 1 champion sustained a time penalty, spun through Turn 1 and clipped the wall at the penultimate corner to end up 11th only to be prompted to ninth after the Alfa Romeo cars fell foul of the rules.

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas had already slipped to fourth spot in testing conditions when he crashed out at Turn 1 towards the end of the race.

Wolff admitted it was a dreadful weekend for the team but insists everyone connected to Mercedes has come together to make sure it does not happen again.

"On Sunday, we were united in our pain; on Monday, we were united in our determination to turn our weaknesses into strengths," he said.

"We had a number of very open discussions about what went wrong and what steps we need to take to improve.

"I believe that one of the core strengths of our team is the way we handle defeat.

"We accept responsibility for mistakes so that we can learn and improve – and we will come back stronger from this."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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