Formula One: Mercedes on red alert as Wolff backs Hamilton

AFP , Wednesday 5 Apr 2017

Britain Formula One - F1 - 2017 Mercedes Formula One Car Launch - Silverstone - 23/2/17 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during the launch Reuters

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has backed Lewis Hamilton to exact swift revenge at Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix after a chastening defeat in Formula One's season opener in Australia.

Sebastian Vettel's comprehensive victory for Ferrari has put Mercedes on red alert ahead of the Shanghai race weekend but Wolff insists Hamilton has the steel to strike right back after finishing second in Melbourne.

"Lewis is the best Lewis that I've seen in the last four years -- both on and off the track," said the Austrian.

"He's become a pillar of this team and he proved that in Melbourne. You need to be careful to manage your own expectations.

If you think you are going to cruise to victory in the future, based on a track record of success, you'll be proven wrong very quickly. You need to put the finger in the wound, identify your weaknesses and then respond."

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