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Mercedes Boss Says New F1 Car Makes Lewis Hamilton a Championship Contender

“That looked like a world championship-winning race car that Lewis was driving,” said Toto Wolff.

Lewis Hamilton on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain in Barcelona, on May 22. 

Lewis Hamilton on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain in Barcelona, on May 22. 

Photographer: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Lewis Hamilton’s new car could fire him into world championship contention.

Hamilton delivered his best performance of the season at Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix after fighting back from an opening-lap collision with Kevin Magnussen to finish fifth.