Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has refused to criticise Ferrari despite the Italian team’s questionable strategy calls at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
However, the Austrian conceded that Ferrari went down the wrong path with strategy.
Both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz failed to finish on the podium as their championship rival Max Verstappen took a commanding win.
Wolff said that it wouldn’t be the correct attitude to publicly lambast a rival.
"I can't comment because hitting out on a person is never right," Wolff said.
Ferrari chose to run the incredibly durable hard tyre in the latter stages of the race. At a cool Hungaroring the hardest tyre available struggled to fire up and gain tyre temperature.
This left both Sainz and Leclerc floundering in the midfield costing the Scuderia valuable championship points.
Ferrari eventually pitted both drivers to get rid of the hard tyre as Sainz finished fourth ahead of Leclerc in P6.
Mattia Binotto’s team came under scrutiny post race as another strategy blunder cost the team points during the campaign.
Wolff struggled to understand Ferrari’s decision making and said that they had a fast car but couldn’t capitalise on their raw pace.
"I don't know what the reasons were, why they decided to drop the Medium or not utilise the Soft at the start of the race, but I think that cost them the victory.
"Ferrari were fast, but they just couldn't materialise it.”
Mercedes have taken advantage of Red Bull and Ferrari’s misfortune scoring multiple podiums. The Constructors champions have also collected double podium finishes in France and Hungary with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
The Mercedes Team Principal said that it’s easier to deliver aggressive strategy calls when you’re the chasing car.
"You have to take decisions that could potentially cost you during the race," Wolff added.
"Where Max [Verstappen] was in the race, if you look at Red Bull's decisions, they wouldn't have probably made them if Leclerc was all around [chasing] them.
"It's certainly always more difficult to race at the front and get it right because you're under so much spotlight when you get it wrong."