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F1 2018: Wolff braced for tough Hungaroring battle

87   //    25 Jul 2018, 20:23 IST

Toto Wolff - cropped
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff

Toto Wolff warned Mercedes will not match the pace of their rivals at the Hungarian Grand Prix but hopes their Hockenheim fortune was a sign of things to come.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas pulled off an unexpected one-two after Sebastian Vettel crashed out when leading in his homeland last weekend.

Hamilton, who started the German Grand Prix in 14th following hydraulic failure in qualifying, leads Vettel by 17 points heading into the final race before the mid-season break and Mercedes have an eight-point advantage over Ferrari.

Team principal Wolff expects a big battle at the Hungaroring this weekend and says anything could happen.

"We've had our fair share of bad luck this season, but it felt like our fortunes turned around in Hockenheim." said Wolff.

"A one-two is always a great result; to get it on Mercedes home turf after starting from P2 and P14 on the grid was absolutely incredible. However, in the cold light of day, we also know and recognise that we did not bring the quickest car to Hockenheim.

 "We've passed the halfway point of the season and we lead both championships by very close margins. Each and every member of our team has worked very hard to make this possible and the determination and energy in our factories seems to be ever-growing.

"We all know that no prizes are given out for half-time champions, so we will keep pushing to improve our performance.

 "Hungary will see another tough fight with both Ferrari and Red Bull. It's a high downforce track and on paper they should both be very fast in Budapest.

"However, if there's one thing the German Grand Prix taught us, it's the fact that predictions don't determine race results. We will give it everything to go into the summer shutdown with as many points as possible."

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