Wolff: German GP results 'feels' like 1-2
21 July 2014 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said the team's double podium in the German Grand Prix 'feels' likes a one-two, given Lewis Hamilton's woes the day before.
Hamilton had to line-up 20th on the grid at Hockenheim after he suffered a right-front brake disc failure in Q1 and crashed out.
But despite that, he charged back through and eventually finished third to join team-mate and race winner Nico Rosberg on the rostrum.
"It feels like a one-two today because considering where Lewis was coming from in P20, it was a magical drive," Wolff reflected.
"He had a misunderstanding with Jenson [Button] that could have cost us the race. Personally I know he is a very competitive guy and he will never be satisfied with third but it felt like a very good performance from our side, with so much going on out on track and the need to convert his pit strategy.
"For Nico, he was controlling the race from the beginning to the end. He knew that the task was to pull a gap and then bring the car home and that's exactly what he did. It was a brilliant performance from him.
"It was an amazing race and a credit to Germany; it's clear to see the sport is very much alive and well."
Wolff also paid tribute to everyone at Mercedes-Benz and sent a message to former Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident at the end of last year.
"I wish to make two special mentions for this victory: first of all, I offer this win to all of our colleagues at Mercedes-Benz who have given us so much support and dedication to reach this level of performance. We are proud to wear the three-pointed star and to represent the best car company in the world," Wolff added.
"But our thoughts on every race weekend are also with Michael Schumacher, who did so much for our sport in Germany and won so many times here in Hockenheim.
"He is fighting as only Michael can and we send all our wishes of strength and support to him and his family."