Wolff unconcerned by German GP failings

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Toto Wolff has said that he is not getting too down over Mercedes’ failure to win the German Grand Prix despite Lewis Hamilton starting on pole position at the Nurburgring.

His teammate, Nico Rosberg, failed to make it through to Q3 after a misjudgement by the team and started P11. In the race, both drivers struggled with their tires with Hamilton eventually finishing P5 whilst Rosberg could only come home in 9th. Regardless, Wolff is still optimistic.

“Germany was not a huge disappointment, it was just disappointing,” Wolff explained to Autosport.

“It is not nice to see a car which won seven days before not performing in the same way – going from a top car back to a midfield performance.”

Mercedes had won the previous race at Silverstone through Rosberg and the team appeared to have quelled its tire problems that had blighted its form at the beginning of the season. However, these issues re-emerged in Germany after Pirelli introduced its prototype tire for the race, before changing to the 2012 constructions at the Hungarian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

“But we know the car is pretty quick,” Wolff asserted. “A car doesn’t deteriorate in just seven days.”

Mercedes are seen by many as outsiders for the constructors’ championship, currently trailing Red Bull by 67 points.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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