Mercedes lost Sunday’s Italian GP through a penalty but Toto Wolff wasn’t too upset as he feels Formula 1 came out trumps on the day.
As the Italian Grand Prix was flipped on its head by Safety Cars and penalties, AlphaTauri driver Pierrre Gasly emerged as the unlikely victor.
The Frenchman was promoted up into the lead when Lewis Hamilton stopped to take a 10-second stop-go penalty, punishment for pitting when the pitlane was closed.
Gasly made the most of his moment, racing to the victory ahead of Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll.
It had been 2,730 days since Formula 1 last saw a non Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull winner; 146 consecutive races.
Hamilton, who had initially looked to be on track for a comfortable win, finished seventh with Valtteri Bottas P5.
Wolff says while Mercedes may have lost the race, Formula 1 was the day’s big winner.
He told Sky Germany: “It was a win that we lost, but it was a win for Formula One.
“That was great entertainment today and it was fantastic to see the young guys fighting out front. Congratulations to Pierre and Alpha Tauri, they deserved the win.”
This is cool. 👌 We always say celebrate every win like it might be your last, because you don't know when the next one will be.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 6, 2020
Sunday’s podium was perhaps a look into Formula 1’s future as Sainz, who is off to Ferrari next season, was the oldest of the three on the podium at 26.
The Mercedes motorsport boss added to Channel 4: “I think it’s super refreshing seeing those guys up there.
“They fought it out at the end and they deserve it.
“AlphaTauri and Pierre Gasly…the team have a good history in Monza, they won the race with Sebastian Vettel before.
“They were very fast in qualifying. And no doubt about the two other guys. Lance with his second podium and Carlos, a great driver, Niki [Lauda] would have just taken off his hat.”
Despite not reaching the podium on Sunday, Mercedes still extended its lead in the Constructors’ Championship to 281 points.
Red Bull, who didn’t score a single point, have just 158 with McLaren up to 98 ahead of Racing Point and Renault.