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F1 | Canadian GP | Toto Wolff on Hamilton’s podium: ”We are all very happy.”

Mercedes’s Team Principal is extremely pleased with the strong driving displayed by both drivers in Canada, but warns that, while the W13’s performance has improved, there’s still work to do to be back fighting for titles and wins.

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F1 | Canadian GP | Toto Wolff on Hamilton’s podium: ”We are all very happy.”
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Montreal was for Mercedes one of 2022's best performances, not only for the joint podium and P4, but also in terms of race pace and overall car conditions, especially with the porpoising problem appearing not as severe as in previous rounds. 

Such important result came from a mixed Saturday qualifying session, in which Hamilton, who went on to score his second seasonal podium, secured P4, while his teammate George Russell took a bad gamble by switching for dry tyres too soon and had to recover from P8 to keep up his top 5 streak.

However, Team Principal Toto Wolff warned that such a positive final result shouldn't be takes as the sign that the gap to Ferrari and Red Bull has been completely closed, as he said in the post race press conference:

"One swallow doesn't make a summer. We saw that swallow already in Barcelona, but somehow it flew somewhere else, so I think we need to be careful. We were off the pace on Friday, in the wet we were good yesterday, I think that was respectable."

Even if there have been promising signs, it's important to keep working as before, in order to be able to return fighting for race wins.

"Today at times we were with the quickest cars, Lewis and George were almost matching the front runners, maybe not quite but in some laps yes, and that is very encouraging to see."

"But we just need to be careful, there's so much work to do in order to be back at the front and we are not yet there," he concluded.

Such a strong performance, which also helped to reduce by half the gap to P2 hold by Ferrari in the constructors's championship, and the third podium in the last four races, had definitely been a morale boost for the Brackley-based team.

"I think that we are all very happy. We have scored four, five podiums this year, and we see glimpses of performance that we have but it's far away from our own expectations of ourselves. You need to think of a podium as a good result, especially when obtained on merit."

Wolff was also extremely pleased by Hamilton's podium run, as the seven times World Champion finally returned on the podium eight races after the opening round in Bahrain.

"I am happy for Lewis because he was really disadvantaged in some of the races where the safety car was going against him so yeah, everybody is in a good place but still, as I have said before, there's a lot of work to do."

The British driver put his team experience to extra work in 2022 by running a car with extra sensors and often changing materials or setups in order to get a better understanding of the W13, but it has all finally played off now that he's back on the podium.

"There were a lot of races that worked against him, where he could have scored a podium or much better results. It was not his wrongdoing but similarly bad luck, and seeing him now in the positive side, and being on the podium, without anything in a way 'gifted', that's good to see,"concluded Wolff.

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