Toto Wolff shares Lewis Hamilton’s private message about car as Russell comes out on top

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has explained the promising feedback Lewis Hamilton gave him after Saturday’s qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton will start the race in P6, while George Russell will be on the second row after the W13 car showed no signs of the straight-line bouncing that has impacted both so far this season.

Hamilton has spent an alien period of time amongst the midfield in 2022, with Ferrari and Red Bull leaving Mercedes behind at the start of a new era. But the Silvers Arrows have been competitive at the front of the grid so far this weekend, which has given hope they can make a late entrance into the championship battle.

After qualifying, Wolff revealed that Hamilton had given him glowing feedback about the W13’s performance in Barcelona. He told Sky Sports: “He says that the car finally drives like a Formula One car, and I think this is the best feedback you can get from a driver.”

Despite his positive reaction to the car, Hamilton was bettered in qualifying by his team-mate Russell for the third time this season. And Wolff has heaped praise on Mercedes’ latest pairing, particularly for how Russell has started life as a full-time Silver Arrows driver.

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