F1 title now against the odds for Mercedes, howls team boss Wolff

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F1 title now against the odds for Mercedes, howls team boss Wolff

High-flying Lando Norris ‘not getting too giddy’ after Austria podium finish for McLaren

Alan Baldwin

Formula One champions Mercedes are fighting against the odds now in their title battle with Red Bull, team boss Toto Wolff said after Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix dealt a fifth successive defeat.

Once-dominant Mercedes started the season chasing their eighth consecutive constructors’ championship and with Lewis Hamilton seeking an unprecedented eighth drivers’ title.

Hamilton is now 32 points behind Red Bull’s Dutch youngster Max Verstappen, who has won five of nine races including the last three, and Mercedes are 44 points adrift of their Honda-powered rivals...

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