Lewis Hamilton can “live with” the transfer of points to Max Verstappen following his engine change at the Turkish Grand Prix, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said.
Hamilton and Verstappen both suffered penalties after changing engine parts in the last two races, but it was the Red Bull driver who came out on top and holds a six point lead heading into the State Grand Prix. -United this weekend.
While Verstappen finished second in the Russian Grand Prix after starting the race from the back of the grid in Sochi, Hamilton was only able to score fifth after being hit by a 10-place penalty in Istanbul the last time around, although ‘he lost a few places. late after a late pit stop.
“For Lewis, Turkey’s absolute vision is that he lost one point more than Max in the previous race in Russia with a similar engine change, which we can live with,” Wolff said.
“The relative vision when you’re in the heat of the moment is to always want another position, to score more points – that’s who we are as runners and we wouldn’t want that intensity of competition to be. another way.”
Mercedes have been boosted by recent improvements to their car and back-to-back wins in Istanbul and Sochi, while Hamilton will look to add to their six US Grand Prix wins in Austin on Sunday.
“It was encouraging to see our positive performance momentum continue last time in Turkey,” added Wolff. “We haven’t won back-to-back victories for a little while, so naturally the atmosphere has been going on in the factories since our return from Istanbul.
“We’re excited to be back in Austin for the first time since 2019, it’s always a popular stop on the calendar and we can’t wait to see all the passionate American fans.
“The Circuit of the Americas is a fun track for pilots. There are very fast and smooth corners, as well as technical sections and good overtaking opportunities.
“It has a bit of everything and it’s a great track for racing so I’m sure we’re ready for an entertaining Grand Prix.”