Wolff: Mercedes had quickest car in Brazil
14 November 2017 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes the outfit had the "quickest car" at the Brazilian Grand Prix, despite missing out on victory to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes ran 1-2 in each practice session at Interlagos across Friday and Saturday morning, as the team strived to take its fourth successive victory at the circuit.
Valtteri Bottas claimed pole position, his third of the year, but lost out to Vettel under braking for the Senna 'S', and trailed the Ferrari driver throughout the remainder of the race.
Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, spun into the barriers through Laranjinha Curve in Q1, and started from the pit lane, from where he recovered to fourth spot, five seconds behind winner Vettel.
"Valtteri pushed every lap of the race, hanging on to Sebastian but unable to close in quite enough to claim the lead, at a circuit where overtaking is difficult between cars of similar performance," he said.
"The race was decided from the start: he got wheel spin on the start which opened the door to Sebastian at Turn 1.
"Meanwhile, Lewis delivered the best fourth-place finish I have ever seen.
"He transformed a pitlane start into a finish just five seconds off the front.
"It was one of his best performances of the year and showed that we had the quickest car here by a good margin.
"The win would have been possible [without the qualifying crash] as Lewis was the quickest guy out there.
"He threw everything at it and it was a champion's drive.
"Now we move on to Abu Dhabi and will be aiming to finish our season on a high."
Mercedes has triumphed at the Yas Marina Circuit for the past three seasons.