Toto Wolff: “I will always respect Lewis’ decisions”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says he will respect Lewis Hamilton’s decision whether it means “staying with us for a long time” or “leaving the sport”.

Talking about Mercedes’ and Lewis Hamilton’s unprecedented success, Toto Wolff said neither the team nor Lewis can be singled out.

“It’s not one dimensional,” said the Austrian.

“Formula 1 has always been about best man in best machine wins. The best men means the quickest driver, and the most intelligent driver.

“[Lewis is] the one that understands how the dynamics in a team works, its technical ability, and on the other side seeing himself in the right context within the organisation and not like a solar system where everything revolves around the sun.

“Equally, the organisation around the driver needs to be on its absolute A-game in order to deliver performance in the various areas.

“This means on the engineering side, on the commercial side, on the political side, and on the communication side, in order to keep the wheels rolling.

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“This is a business without a silver bullet, contrary to what most people think – even within the industry.

“It’s a business around marginal gains where everything needs to be in the right place for a team to be successful.”

Despite Hamilton’s 2021 contract is still not sorted, Wolff isn’t worried about the future.

“It doesn’t worry me at all, because I will always respect Lewis’ decisions. Whether this is staying with us for a long time, or whether that means leaving the sport and pursuing different interests.

“I think we need to be ready for all kinds of curve balls being thrown at us. But at the same time, we talk a lot, and we are very transparent with each other.

“I think there is more to achieve together,” concluded Wolff.

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