Wolff: Mercedes 'got a big slice of luck'
18 September 2017 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has accepted that the team received "a big slice of luck" at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix, before going on to record victory courtesy of Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes, as expected, struggled in dry conditions at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, restricting Hamilton to fifth on the grid, with Valtteri Bottas in sixth.
However, showers building up to the race left the circuit wet, and off the line Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen and Max Verstappen came to blows.
Hamilton, having moved past Daniel Ricciardo, profited from the situation to capture the lead, which he maintained throug the remainder of the race.
Bottas, meanwhile, finished in third, enabling Mercedes to stretch its advantage over Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship to 102 points.
"We woke up talking about little else than damage limitation; we leave Singapore with a bigger lead in both championships," Wolff reflected.
"It was one of those days that reminds you what an unbelievable sport motor racing can be, and reminds you, too, that the points are only scored on Sunday.
"Of course, it goes without saying that we got a big slice of luck. Not only did we avoid the chaos at Turn 1 but we also escaped without damage to both cars.
"After that, though, we had to make the most of the opportunity that had been presented to us – and out-race a very fast Red Bull.
"Lewis did that brilliantly, showing good race pace on both types of tyre, while Valtteri picked his way back through the field to the podium."
Wolff, though, was quick to emphasise that the Singapore Grand Prix was a "stark reminder" of how easily matters could go wrong for Mercedes in the future.
"This result doesn't change a thing in the big picture," said Wolff, off the back of Mercedes' ninth win of the campaign.
"If anything, it's a stark reminder that there are six more opportunities for the luck to go against us this season, just as it happened to Ferrari.
"We will celebrate our result but, after that, it will be full focus on the next challenges ahead."