Max Verstappen is an F1 championship threat, says Wolff

Following his spectacular victory in the 70th Anniversary GP Verstappen lies second in the table on 77 points, 30 behind leader Hamilton, despite retiring in the first race in Austria.

Prior to last weekend, Wolff had consistently cautioned that the season was far from over, despite dominant performances from Mercedes in the early races, and he believes that Verstappen’s Silverstone win proved that the contest is still open.

“I think we have,” he said when asked if F1 now has a title fight. “I kind of enjoy the situation because everyone was saying, ‘OK, this is going to be a walk in the park for Mercedes,’ and here we go.

“That wasn’t at all a walk in the park. We were certainly not the quickest car, maybe not even the second quickest car.

“We have seen in the past that the hot conditions somehow don’t suit our car, but as I said before, it’s much more complex than that. I’m actually up for the challenge.

“We have probably the quickest package, but the quickest package also involves the most downforce, and the most downforce works the tyres hardest. In that respect, we have to learn how to tune the car to help the tyres survive a little bit.

“I’m really curious to see and interested to see how we’re going to do in Barcelona. We have a handful of days to understand, and there is nothing better than…

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