Wolff also explained that with Mercedes playing a less familiar role of the chasing car this season, he believes it’s easier to make riskier strategy calls in that position. And he cited Red Bull’s triumph in Hungary as an example after Verstappen aggressively worked his way up the field to extend his championship lead.
“You have to take decisions that could potentially cost you during the race,” Wolff added. “Where Max [Verstappen] was in the race, if you look at Red Bull’s decisions, they wouldn’t have probably made them if Leclerc was all around [chasing] them. It’s certainly always more difficult to race at the front and get it right because you’re under so much spotlight when you get it wrong.”