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Toto Wolff Expects McLaren and Ferrari For the Podium Runs at Portimão

Toto Wolff, the Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal claims the expenses for Valtteri Bottas’s damaged car will affect the saved funds from the cost cap for development projects in 2021.

Toto Wolff, the Mercedes AMG team principal is expecting decent fights from McLaren and Ferrari in the upcoming Portuguese Grand Prix. Apart from competing against their main rival Red Bull, the Austrian boss believes these two teams are forces to reckon with.

The massive rivalry between Mercedes and Red Bull has lately overshadowed McLaren and Ferrari. The Lewis vs Max, the Bottas vs  Perez somehow pushed Norris, Ricciardo, Sainz and Leclerc aside.

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Nonetheless, Wolff feels that the British and Italian giants will put up a decent fight against them. In an interview, Toto conveyed, “We’re expecting another close fight with Red Bull, and both McLaren and Ferrari could also be in the mix too. So, let’s see how things play out.”

The upcoming Grande Prémio De Portugal’s track is comparatively new in Formula One’s standards. Wolff further asserted on this context, “It’s still quite a new circuit for everyone, which should make things interesting and mean we are learning all through the weekend.”

McLaren are at P3 with 41 points. Red Bull with 53 points after two races this season sits at P2. Ferrari are at P4 with 34 points in their tally. A very thin margin separates them. Will that be enough or will one of them stead forward this at Portimao.

McLaren’s Lando is spearheading the attack for the British giants at P3 with 27 points. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is at P4 with 20 points. Norris who claimed a podium in the recently concluded Italian Grand Prix is also confident of doing the same in the future. It’ll be interesting to see how these teams put up a fight against favorites Red Bull and Mercedes.

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