Wolff: Hamilton could have been faster if he hadn’t gone rallying

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 16: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 16, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said Lewis Hamilton could have been “three tenths” faster in qualifying for the British GP if he hadn’t “gone rallying” towards the end of his lap.

The Mercedes driver was performing his final flying lap, being over his rival Max Verstappen by a fair amount of time. However, a mistake through the Vale corner cost him most of his gained time but was still able to secure the top spot for tomorrow’s Sprint Qualifying.

“I think it’s good to come back, especially the pace of both drivers,” Wolff told Sky Sports F1.

“Lewis could have probably been another three tenths up if he hadn’t gone rallying at the end. I’m happy about the pace.”

Regarding their pace, Wolff said that the speed of Mercedes comes from adjustments made throughout the season, and not from an upgrade to the car.

“Well, it’s not the upgrade, I think it’s we’ve found bits everywhere, I think that the tires were in the right window,” he said.

“And yeah, the sweet spot of the car. You can see how it can fluctuate between Verstappen being absolutely dominant in the morning session and then it swings the other way around.”

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