Lewis Hamilton is preparing to power the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted that the ‘spicy’ engine that drove him to Brazil’s impressive victory will return in a bid to close the gap with Max Verstappen of facing a decisive potential for the F1 title.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is ready to unleash the incredible engine that helped Lewis Hamilton achieve a supreme victory at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix eight days ago.
Hamilton received a new engine for the race in Brazil, which with a focus on performance rather than reliability allowed him to move from last place in Saturday’s speed qualifying race to first in the grand prix after passing the main rival. for the title, Max Verstappen.
Hamilton triumphed from pole position in Qatar on Sunday, again against Verstappen, using an older spec engine to close the championship gap with the Red Bull driver to just eight points with two races to spare.
Lewis Hamilton triumphed in Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix for back-to-back victories
The Briton dominated from start to finish at the Losail circuit against Max Verstappen
However, Wolff is now ready to bring back the fast engine that propelled Hamilton to Interlagos success, at the new track in Saudi Arabia which, with its high-speed nature, is already believed to favor his Mercedes team.
“Saudi Arabia should be a good track for us, but we know that this year, when you think it’s a good track, it can turn around,” he told Sky Sports.
But it’s a long straight, we’ll bring out our spicy (engine) gear for Saudi Arabia that we don’t use (in Qatar) and hopefully Valtteri (Bottas) is there, we need him.
“But in any case, if everyone finishes the race, he will go to Abu Dhabi.”
In Saudi Arabia, Hamilton will have his ‘spicy’ engine that helped fire him to win in Brazil
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen continues to lead the world championship by eight points
If Hamilton wins for the third race in a row at Jeddah against Verstappen and takes the fastest lap, he will ensure that both drivers head to the final round of the Yas Marina-level world championship on points.
However, Verstappen would still crucially lead the world championship in a countdown to greater number of victories.
The Dutchman even won the race that ended last season, but it has generally been a favorite track for Mercedes.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff talks to Valtteri Bottas (left) and Hamilton after the Qatar GP
When asked if Hamilton’s new engine was the best yet, Wolff was optimistic about its performance.
‘Yes, definitely. I think the car is fast on the straight and good in the corners, ”he added.
“The degradation works well, even in races in the Middle East and we have two to come, with old tires.
I think we have to push the attack to the maximum. We have to catch up, make some points and that’s what we’re going to do. ‘