Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was positively beaming in the paddock after the Spanish Grand Prix, enjoying being able to “properly rub it in” to Christian Horner.
Wolff was congratulated by Horner in the pit lane following a dominant display by Lewis Hamilton at the Circuit de Catalunya as Mercedes put their fears over piping hot temperatures to rest.
Hamilton and Mercedes have taken another major step towards yet another World Championship double and Wolff was delighted to get one over their nearest rivals Red Bull.
“You know when you have such a great win, you can properly rub it in,” Wolff told Sky Sports F1 when asked about his pit-lane chat with Horner.
“There is still a rivalry but I respect Christian and he has done a great job over the 15 years he has been in the sport.
“What makes me the happiest is after the difficult weekend in Silverstone on very hot tarmac we have been able to recover, take the right conclusions and win in the same conditions. And that comes down to the great work being done in the factory.
“From the aero team to the simulation guys, everybody at the engineering side, it shows the strength of the team.”
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Wolff was also full of praise for Hamilton as he coasted to a fourth win of the season.
“At the moment, Hamilton drives in a league of his own,” Wolff commented.
“He has it totally under control. He switched back on the engine to save some mileage for races that will be more difficult and the most special thing for me at the end was we were ready to put softs on at the end and it was the logical choice, but Lewis said ‘don’t give me the softs, give me the mediums’.
“You can see that the softs lost Valtteri’s race. We put the softs on Valtteri and logically he would have caught up on Verstappen and you at least have a fight but the tyre had no grip.
“Lewis just had an absolutely instinctive understanding.”