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.