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Toto Wolff: Mercedes always try to treat Lewis Hamilton and George Russell fairly

Mercedes F1 team principal Toto Wolff has addressed comments made by Lewis Hamilton, affirming that he is treated fairly compared to team-mate George Russell.

During the Monaco Grand Prix, Hamilton sparked discussions by suggesting that he might not outqualify Russell for the remainder of the season.

He notably highlighted that Russell had exclusive use of a new front wing in Monte Carlo, a development that did not go unnoticed by fans and analysts alike.

However, it later surfaced that Hamilton had actually declined the opportunity to use the new wing, opting out due to concerns over potentially starting from the pitlane if the component was damaged during qualifying.

Despite this clarification, Hamilton's remarks suggested he felt there might be some imbalance favouring Russell.

Wolff was quick to dispel these notions, stating that the speculation of preferential treatment is unfounded.

"Aren't all drivers a bit sceptical at times?" said Wolff.

"I think as a team we have demonstrated even in the most tense competitions between team-mates that we are trying to always balance it right, and be transparent and fair.

"I think there was not a moment, apart from the 2016 Abu Dhabi GP, where we tried to manage a race, and we haven't done since then.

"I can understand that as a driver you want the best out of yourself and the team, and sometimes when it's going against you, you can question.

"But as a team we are 100% on a mission of giving the two drivers two great cars, the best possible cars and best possible strategies and support."

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