Toto Wolff is pleased that Lewis Hamilton will be "angry" following Max Verstappen's pole position.
Toto Wolff is pleased that Lewis Hamilton will be "angry" ahead of tomorrow's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will decide the championship.
In qualifying at the Yas Marina, Hamilton was beaten to pole by a brilliant lap from Max Verstappen, who finished 0.371 seconds faster than the Mercedes driver.
The driver who started on pole has won the last six races in Abu Dhabi, including Verstappen in 2020, with the last driver to break that streak being Hamilton in 2014.
Despite recent history, Hamilton has the race momentum, having overturned a 19-point deficit by winning the last three Grands Prix in Brazil, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
Following a DRS infringement in qualifying, he was relegated to the back of the grid for the Saturday Sprint Race at Interlagos, with Wolff later claiming that the FIA's decision "wake up the lion," as the British legend went on to produce one of his greatest ever victories, coming from 10th on the grid to take the chequered flag.
And now Wolff, 49, predicts Hamilton will be in a good mood on Sunday as he tries to finish ahead of Verstappen and win a record-breaking eighth world championship.
"I don't think there's anything you can say to Hamilton; I think he'll be angry, which is good," Wolff told reporters.
"I'm motivated to find him tomorrow; sometimes you have to see the bright side, and that's not a bad thing"
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However, Wolff did admit that Hamilton's chances of winning could be jeopardized if he fails to start on the front row of the grid.
"Obviously, if he can keep it in P2, that's a plus."
It becomes increasingly difficult as you lose positions.
"I believe they have put on the small wing so they will have a lot of straight line speed; the only way to overtake is with tyre offset."
The idea of Hamilton, 36, passing the Red Bull driver has already been questioned, with Verstappen set to win the championship if both drivers fail to finish.
After colliding three times on the track this season, speculation has been rife that the 24-year-old will be even more aggressive if he needs to defend his lead, knowing that a collision could work in his favor.