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IN WORDS: I Hated Every Bit of the Race – Toto

IN WORDS: I Hated Every Bit of the Race – Toto

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team boss Toto Wolff says he 'hated every bit' of the Mexico Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton's intense battle through the field to clinch the Drivers' title.

'I just look at the positives'

Contact with Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari on lap one caused Lewis to pick up a puncture and dropped him to last place, with Toto a nervous spectator as he charged back up the order.

But, despite the far-from-ideal race scenario, it had a positive outcome. Vettel also lost ground and could only recover to fourth, meaning ninth was enough for Lewis to claim his fourth Drivers' Championship.

"Actually, I hated every bit of the race," Toto joked afterwards. "Max (Verstappen) knew that there was a lot at stake for Sebastian and Lewis.

"Sebastian knew that his only chance was to win the race and Lewis staying far behind. Lewis found himself in the middle of the pack and saw an opportunity to dive into the lead - the consequence was the accident.

"Half of Lewis' diffuser was ripped off so we lost a lot of performance. That was the end of Lewis thinking that he has found an opportunity of making it into the lead.

"Sebastian was in the middle, had probably a bit of a moment and crashed into Lewis. I just look at the positives: Lewis has won the Championship."

'This year the hardest Championship'

It has been a very different Championship battle this season, with three years of Silver Arrows intra-team rivalry replaced by a close fight with Vettel and Ferrari. Toto reckons this made it even more challenging.

"The enemy outside was more difficult to manage," he said. "Ferrari has put the level up a lot and, after the summer break, Red Bull came in again.

"In a team you are always in a more comfortable situation if you know that one of your two guys will win the Championship.

"Managing the internal team-mate rivalry was not easy at times - but far away from the struggles that we have seen this year.

"Certainly for the team, this year's Championship was the hardest. The progress was very difficult for the team and took the maximum out of all of us."

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