F1: Can Lewis Hamilton do it again?
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Red Bull have taken to social media to tease Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff after Sergio Perez’s thrilling victory around the streets of Baku on Sunday following missed opportunities from the seven-time world champions.
Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Valtteri Bottas both finished outside of the points, with Red Bull extending their lead by 26 points in the team’s standings, and retaining the top spot in the driver’s too, despite Max Verstappen crashing out.
Wolff branded the weekend as “not acceptable” after Hamilton ran off at turn one chasing down Perez for the win after a short red-flag period, crossing the line in 15th, while Bottas started 10th and finished 12th of 16.
Despite it not going all their way after Verstappen crashed out of the race whilst leading due to a tyre failure, Red Bull poked fun after comments from the Mercedes boss earlier in the weekend.
Ahead of the Grand Prix, Wolff and his Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner were involved in a war of words, with Hamilton even suggesting the two rival bosses sort out their feud in the boxing ring.
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The comments came after Horner warned Wolff to ‘keep his mouth shut’ and “be careful what you wish for” after hinting Red Bull could decide to protest Mercedes’ flexible front wings.
Red Bull insist their car is fully in line with FIA regulations and accused rival teams of trying to ‘slow down’ the championship leaders with their complaints.
However, after seeing footage on Sky Sports F1 of the rear wing on the Mercedes during first practice in Baku, Horner questioned what he was seeing and said: “That, if anything around here, looks maybe a bit worse than ours.”
Wolff has hit back at his Red Bull counterpart on Sky Sports F1, as shots were fired from the Mercedes camp.
“Christian is a bit of a windbag who wants to be on camera,” stated Wolff to Sky Sports F1.”It’s about being punchy and it’s easy to be punchy when you’re top of the timesheet, but you should be a little more modest, I think.”
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But after the race, Red Bull looked to have the last laugh for the weekend.
Posting a picture of winner Sergio Perez celebrating with the team, they wrote “That’s the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in the windbag”, crossing out the word wind and adding a winking emoji.
In the aftermath of the race, Wolff and Hamilton were left “destroyed” as the seven-time world champion eventually finished P15, with teammate Valtteri Bottas P12.
“It just feels painful,” said Wolff. “You can say we had the hand almost close to the trophy because Max didn’t score.
“The emotion, the frustration is just so overwhelming at the moment, I don’t know if I would have taken third or this result. I can’t even tell you.
“What I take away is we must bring our A-game to fight for this championship, and our car was not there all weekend. Operationally we just need to perform faultlessly and all of us haven’t done that the last two weekends.”
With Paul Ricard up next in two weeks’ time, Wolff added: “There is just so much we need to improve that I just want to get on it right now to make sure we are able to compete for this championship.
“Because we can’t continue losing points like we did in Monaco and here. It’s just not acceptable, for all of us.
“What I take away is that we must bring our A-game to fight for this championship, and our car was not there all weekend.
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