Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff explained why Valtteri Bottas gave Lewis Hamilton a tow during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying.

Hamilton was able to qualify second for tomorrow’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and this thanks to the help of his team mate Bottas who gave him the slipstream on the straight, while the Finn itself qualified only 10th.

“We have a rule at the beginning of the season,” Wolff said. “Any driver can decide whether he wants to go first or second, this weekend this was Lewis’ call. And he decided to go second, nothing surprising.”

Mercedes has been having issues with their pace and Wolff explained the team is going through extensive testing to figure out where things are not going in the right direction.

“We were just experimenting in FP3,” he said, “and I must really say that the job that has been done back in Brackley and in Brixworth and then the engineers here really designing a program which we went through line by line by line, some experiments useful, others not. And at the end, we had so many more answers to our questions and then a car that was good.

“It’s all interlinked, there is not one single thing, it’s about the aero balance, deciding about the right amount of downforce, temperatures in the tire, and then obviously the balance.”

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