Hamilton took pole on Saturday ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen, however a 10-place grid penalty for a brand new engine means he’ll cede the entrance row to his teammate and to his title rival respectively, and begin from eleventh.
Whereas Mercedes seems to take pleasure in a substantial tempo benefit at Istanbul Park, Mercedes chief Wolff thinks that will probably be exhausting for Hamilton to maneuver up after witnessing the championship chief being caught in site visitors in Friday apply and he believes the group should financial institution on a intelligent technique as an alternative.
“Yesterday in the long term at a sure stage we have been behind a Haas and in addition a Williams and it was very tough to even come shut,” Wolff defined to Sky.
“I assume that technique is extra going to be the one which’s going to assist tomorrow.
“You have to take a look at the positives that the automobile may be very fast, and we are able to begin from pole.
“On the adverse facet, it is a weekend the place we may have had a entrance row lockout and we have not, we have to go to the again and it isn’t going to be simple with all of the vehicles operating on medium in entrance of him aside from [AlphaTauri’s soft tyre running] Yuki Tsunoda. Progress will likely be a troublesome one.”
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
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Requested if Bottas will likely be required to assist Hamilton, Wolff mentioned that the perfect factor the Finn may do is to easily maintain off Verstappen and win the race.
“We now have to take care of ourselves,” he mentioned. “Valtteri desires to win the race, and that is the perfect alternative, and it is serving to Lewis.
“The Pink Bulls have been so aggressive this weekend and over the lengthy runs, it was worse than on a single lap.”
Hamilton was additionally cautious of site visitors points within the race however mentioned his aim to nonetheless try to win the race is “not inconceivable”.
“My eyes are nonetheless solely set on profitable the race,” Hamilton advised Sky. “It’s going to be very exhausting from eleventh, however not inconceivable.
“I don’t know what the climate goes to do tomorrow additionally, so simply staying on my toes and ensuring that we ship most assault tomorrow.
“I actually have gotten to take it one step at a time tomorrow. It’s an extended race.
“If I might be greater up early on, then nice, however I’ve received to remain out of hassle after all, and that will likely be my precedence initially, and see if it’s potential to choose them off one after the other.”
He added: “It is not the simplest overtaking in the meanwhile and we’re all on the identical tyre as properly, so I think about tomorrow goes to be tough to maneuver up.”