“Equal opportunity” for Hamilton and Bottas in 2020 – Wolff

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team will not favor Lewis Hamilton in the 2020 season despite the Briton gunning for Michael Schumacher’s record.

The 2020 season could be historic for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, as the Briton could win his seventh drivers’ championship, equaling Michael Schumacher’s record.

Although Mercedes is aware of the significance of such a feat, Toto Wolff is adamant the team will let both of their drivers race on equal ground.

“We have always been very neutral to the drivers and we want to provide them with equal equipment and equal opportunity,” said Mercedes’ team boss.

“Both know that, and there is no hidden agenda within Mercedes, no politics.

“We will see how they get out of the blocks [in 2020], and I hope that Valtteri has a great season – but equally I obviously cheer for Lewis to giving it his best for the seventh title, to equal Michael’s record.”

But Wolff also look to continue Mercedes’ dominance ahead of the big Formula 1 regulations change in 2021.

“2021 is an easy objective, 2020 is the tricky one.

“At the moment there is such a strong bond within the team, there is a good place to work at and for me personally I take great contentment with the relationships within the team and that has been a very strong part of the success.

“I am really looking forward to the 2020 season to try to be the best us, come up with the best engine, chassis, have the drivers in the right space and continue with our success,” concluded Wolff.

Source: Sky Sports F1

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