Wolff: Mercedes showed values in Hungary
31 July 2017 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the manufacturer "showed the values that we hold high" as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas swapped places in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hamilton slashed the gap to third-placed Bottas after the sole pit-stops, with Bottas instructed to allow Hamilton through and give him a shot at passing the Ferrari drivers.
Hamilton put pressure on Kimi Räikkönen for several laps, but was unable to find a way through, by which time he had pulled clear of Bottas, who was being hounded by Max Verstappen.
To stick to his promise, Hamilton slowed by around nine seconds on the final lap, letting Bottas back through at the last corner, and narrowly keeping Verstappen at bay.
Although disappointed at losing out to main rival Ferrari, and admitting that the Hamilton/Bottas call was "tough" to make, Wolff reckons Mercedes acted honourably.
"It was a tough day for the team but one that showed the values that we hold high," said Wolff.
"First of all, we cannot ultimately be satisfied with third and fourth places; we managed to limit the damage to Ferrari, and were fortunate that Red Bull accounted for themselves on the opening lap.
"So it's positive that we didn't lose too many points on a circuit where Ferrari had the upper hand.
"But it was also a great day for the team because we saw our ethos played out for everybody to see with great respect between Lewis and Valtteri.
"First, for Valtteri to let his team-mate past to put the pressure on Ferrari and try to challenge Kimi; second, for Lewis to sportingly give the place back in the final corner without losing any position to Verstappen.
"These are the values that helped us win six championships and, in the long term, it is the approach that will win us many more titles – even though it was a tough call to make and it's not a great feeling afterwards.
"But we stick to our principles and our word."
Ferrari cut Mercedes' title advantage to 39 points with its 1-2 result.