Despite Lewis Hamilton’s win in Qatar, Toto Wolff was ‘frustrated’ by Max Verstappen.

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Despite Lewis Hamilton’s win in Qatar, Toto Wolff was ‘frustrated’ by Max Verstappen’s performance.

Mercedes and Red Bull, as well as their drivers, are in a tight battle for the championship.

After another tense battle in the title race, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has revealed why Max Verstappen left him frustrated in Qatar.

The eventual winner was Lewis Hamilton, who closed the gap on his Red Bull rival ahead of the season’s final two races.

The race at the Losail International Circuit was far less dramatic than the one in Brazil, with Hamilton’s victory never in doubt after a clean start.

On a fast circuit, Verstappen and Red Bull simply couldn’t keep up, and Mercedes effectively covered the undercut to ensure victory.

However, after teammate Valtteri Bottas was forced to retire due to a puncture, the Finn was unable to challenge Verstappen for the fastest lap.

The most important matter for the entire team on the day was that Hamilton saw the chequered flag first to claim victory, but the mood was dampened somewhat when the Dutchman’s second-place finish was supplemented by an extra point.

Despite closing the gap on Verstappen to just eight points, Wolff was disappointed in Verstappen’s achievement, as he admitted.

“The initial feeling is bittersweet,” he told Sky Sports. “The two World Championships are extremely important right now.”

“Lewis was fantastic, but the point they got is a little disappointing, but it’s great that we won the race.”

“The good news is that the car was quick, and it appears that we’re in a good spot.”

“Lewis dominated the race from start to finish, and that bodes well for Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.”

Wolff’s dissatisfaction is understandable, given that the championship race has been decided by razor-thin margins throughout the year, and the final result is likely to follow suit.

Hamilton has gained ground in the last two races after falling behind, with tensions between the Red Bull and Mercedes camps reaching a peak in Brazil.

Wolff’s annoyances in Qatar were simply a continuation of his emotional outbursts in Sao Paulo, where he was seen and heard pointing angrily down the camera and swearing triumphantly over the team radio after being knocked back by penalties.

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