Hamilton ‘feels privileged’ to have Toto Wolff as team boss

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is “not trying to be at the front of every photo“ and “puts the team first”.

After Mercedes won its seventh consecutive Constructors’ Championship at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Toto Wolff didn’t join Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas on the podium. Hamilton believes it’s a mark of a great leader.

“He’s not trying to be at the front of every photo,” said the Briton.

“He’s not trying to claim anything. He puts the team first. I think that’s- without doubt, he is the best leader here.

“It doesn’t matter what anyone says, no one has done as good a job as he has.

“I think it’s his mentality, the balance of drive, compassion, understanding and ego. All of them come together to create the best boss you could have.

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“Every single person in the team, no one’s below him, and he really cares about how everyone is doing: ‘how’re things away from the track?’, ‘how’s things at home with your family – is there anything we can do so you can be better at the office?’

“He’s a great guy and I feel privileged to have him as our leader. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without his guidance.”

However Hamilton admits he was a bit surprised when Wolff didn’t climb on the podium.

“I thought that he was [going to join us on the podium], so I was a bit surprised. I thought that’s why he was at the front.

“We very rarely see him at the front there and he came and did an interview, so I thought that he was coming up.

“But I think whilst it would have been nice for him to be up there with us, I think that’s a real showing of a leader,” concluded the six-time champion.

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