Although Toto Wolff says he feels for Ferrari having lost both cars at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix, Sunday’s result was a “great” one for Mercedes.
After a disappointing qualifying at the Marina Bay circuit, Mercedes feared that Sunday’s grand prix would be one of damage limitation.
But with Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen – the first three cars on the grid – taken out in a first corner incident, Lewis Hamilton was handed a free run to the chequered flag.
The Brit claimed the victory ahead of Daniel Ricciardo while Valtteri Bottas was third.
As such Hamilton now leads the championship by 28 points.
“In the morning we were talking about damage limitation, and we go our away from Singapore with a P1 and P3,” Wolff said.
“So, from our perspective it’s a great result.
“But once that’s happened you can kind of feel for Ferrari.
“I’ve been in the situation of losing both cars, and you can relate how awful that thing could be.
“But then, I guess we’re not here to make prisoners.
“So from the moment on it was clear we were in the lead with Lewis, it was about delivering the best result possible for the race.”