Toto Wolff comments on Lewis Hamilton’s motivation in 2023

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Toto Wolff says “everything needs to work well” to give Lewis Hamilton “the car that he needs to achieve that eighth World Championship title”.

Ahead of 2023 season start, Toto Wolff was asked how motivated and determined Lewis Hamilton is, to help to bring the team back to the top.

“Lewis was very motivated in 2022 but we just couldn’t give him a car capable of fighting for a World Championship,” the Austrian said.

“I hope that 2023 will be a strong step forward so he can fight for race wins on a consistent basis and then eventually bring himself into the contention for a World Championship.

“However, our competitors were very strong last year, and we are playing catch-up.

“Everything needs to work well to truly give him the car that he needs to achieve that eighth World Championship title.”

Wolff was also asked to comment on George Russell as he prepares to start his second year with the team.


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“George adapted well to the team, having come from Williams,” Toto said.

“He was hoping to get into a Mercedes and fight for a title, but he soon realised that wasn’t going to be the case.

“How both he and Lewis worked together with the engineers to improve the car was amazing.

“He has now had his first victory in Brazil and that was overdue after missing out on the win in Bahrain two years ago.

“Heading into his second season with the team, George is motivated, his preparation has been intense, and he is 100% focused.

“I know he is super eager to get into the car and finally drive the W14,” Wolff concluded.

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