‘It’s a bruising day’ – Toto Wolff concedes Mercedes simply had ‘no pace’ in Austria | F1

Despite starting from fifth on the grid, Lewis Hamilton dropped down the order as he struggled with outright pace, losing out to Lando Norris and then Fernando Alonso as he served his five-second penalty for track limits.George Russell ultimately finished eighth after starting the race from 11th.It meant that Mercedes were arguably the fifth-fastest team in Austria - behind Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Aston Martin.In recent years, Mercedes have tended to struggle in Austria, while Hamilton’s record at the Red Bull Ring is fairly average by his high standards.Speaking to Sky after the race, Wolff admitted “the car had…

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