Toto Wolff dismisses possibility of Lewis Hamilton leaving Mercedes

Source: Mercedes F1 Twitter

After the Bahrain Grand Prix, Toto Wolff commented on media speculation that Lewis Hamilton might be considering leaving the team.

After a relatively poor showing at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Mercedes seems to be in for another difficult season.

This naturally prompted some media outlets to speculate that Lewis Hamilton might choose not to renew his contract with Mercedes, after it expires at the end of the season.

The Briton however, doesn’t seem to have any negative emotions regarding the team, as made evident by his post-race radio message.

“Great work, I know we’re not where we want to be but let’s keep pushing,” Lewis said.

“Serious work to do to close the gap but I believe in you all,” he concluded.

After the race, team boss Toto Wolff commented on media speculation surrounding Lewis.

“The Lewis situation, you heard him on the radio,” Wolff said.

“I think he’s an integral part of the team, picking the team up and we’re all sticking together and I don’t think that’s going to change just because we had a start another start that was really bad.

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“We won eight constructor championships and we won six driver championships with him. That relationship holds.

“I think it would be much too easy to lose a driver and then just throw in the white towel. We’re not doing that.

“On the contrary, we just need to really dig deep and deeper than we’ve ever done, and provide both drivers a car that they’re actually able to fight with. You almost feel for them.”

Asked if Mercedes is considering looking at other drivers, in case Hamilton decides to leave, Wolff said:

“I think it’s not the point to talk about the driver situation in 2024. That is far too early.

“We need all to all push in the same directions, the drivers, the engineers, all of us management. Rather than like what I said, throwing in the towel, we’re not doing that.

“We never have done that and we will not be doing that,” the Austrian concluded.

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