Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says there’s no need for panic after Max Verstappen’s victory over Lewis Hamilton in the US Grand Prix in Texas. Wolff said swinging between mania and depression is not the ideal way to go for anybody supporting or working for Mercedes.
Verstappen pipped Lewis Hamilton to a stunning win on Sunday, and it’s a victory that now sees him leading the title race by 12 points.
Likely to worry Mercedes right now, Wolff’s apparent positivity aside, is that the next two races will be competed in Mexico and Brazil. Both of these are tracks where Red Bull is expected to enjoy a competitive edge over their opponents.
While Hamilton has reigned victorious an incredible five times in Houston, Sunday’s win had been Verstappen’s first at the famous Circuit of the Americas. The Dutchman delivered a mature and collected performance on race-day, which is a far cry from the attitude he displayed during practice last Friday.
Team Red Bull definitely performed a great deal better than what most would have expected at the Texas track. And with Hamilton and Verstappen each having two victories to speak of in Mexico City, Valtteri Bottas said he reckoned the next stand-off between the two rivals is going to be anything but easy.
Wolff said this week while there isn’t any specific strategy in place for going forward, the only thing left remaining now will be to push hard for the championship title until the very last race of the year.
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