Before the start of the Portuguese Grand Prix, Toto Wolff argued that the situation in the race can develop according to any scenario, so it is difficult to predict anything.
Toto Wolff: “After qualifying, we talked with Valtteri, he was upset that he made the wrong decision, choosing tactics. He was very fast in the first two qualifying sessions, so he was confident, believing that in the final he would do one fast lap in a car with less fuel in the tank (than Hamilton’s), and that would be enough to win pole.
In addition, it is clear that Medium rubber is more difficult to warm up to the desired temperature, but the second lap Lewis drove faster than his partner. So Valtteri was just out of luck. Moreover, even if Lewis does not start the weekend in the best way, he always manages to win back in the qualifying finals – he will definitely drive a wonderful circle. Or two such circles.
It is interesting that today it is warmer than the forecast promised. But no one knows how events will develop. It’s like flying blind. Seemingly soft rubber does not withstand so many laps, but will there be one pit stop or two? At the same time, Hard rubber has to be warmed up for a long time. We’re going through different options, but the question is, which one is better?
Max Verstappen starts behind our cars, and he has already practiced on Lance Stroll how to attack in the 1st turn! (laughs) In my opinion, acceleration towards this corner is not that long, so everything will depend on how well you get off the ground. Max starts the race on soft rubber – what tactics is he going to use? Will he be able to limit himself to a single pit stop? Will we have enough tire resource to stay ahead of him due to a later stop in the pits?
In general, there are many questions, so let’s see how events will develop. ”