But after the race, Red Bull looked to have the last laugh for the weekend.
Posting a picture of winner Sergio Perez celebrating with the team, they wrote “That’s the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in the windbag”, crossing out the word wind and adding a winking emoji.
In the aftermath of the race, Wolff and Hamilton were left “destroyed” as the seven-time world champion eventually finished P15, with teammate Valtteri Bottas P12.
“It just feels painful,” said Wolff. “You can say we had the hand almost close to the trophy because Max didn’t score.
“The emotion, the frustration is just so overwhelming at the moment, I don’t know if I would have taken third or this result. I can’t even tell you.