Wolff: Faultless race proved "we're not always idiots"

Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff says the Canadian Grand Prix 1-2 finish for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg has proved that its Monaco pitstop debacle was a one-off blunder.

Speaking after his team's fourth 1-2 finish of the season in Montreal, a circuit where Hamilton claimed his fourth win in nine starts, Wolff was able to joke about what transpired a fortnight ago.

"The calls we made on the pitwall today were faultless – the execution was really good, so we're not always idiots," he quipped. "It's very rare, because today was very tight. We needed to keep concentrated.

"If you have a weekend like Monaco, it's difficult to digest and come out of it in a good way.

"The team needed that result today. Lewis's race engineer 'Bono' [Peter Bonnington] lost his father a couple of days ago, and we wanted to keep that out of the public, and it's important not to get dragged into a black hole – because we still finished first and third in Monaco."

Not seen the best of Ferrari yet

Although Hamilton finished 45s ahead of the leading Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, Wolff says the team won't get complacent when F1 moves on to Austria.

"Psychologically I guess it's good that when a competitor expects more performance you are able to stay on top," he said. "I don't think we've seen the best of Ferrari: Sebastian had his messy qualifying session which put him at the back.

"We cannot be complacent, because I think they will come back."

Fellow Merc team chief Niki Lauda added of the result: "I can't complain of anything, because Lewis did a great job, Nico the same, and everybody else was more or less nowhere.

"A perfect weekend; the shock of Monaco is over."

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Series Formula 1
Event Canadian GP
Track Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Nico Rosberg
Teams Mercedes
Article type Breaking news