Toto Wolff on how “big scars” made Lewis Hamilton resilient

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says the hardships Lewis Hamilton faced when he was younger help the whole team operate well when things are tough.

In a recent talks with Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung, Toto Wolff talked about the abuse Lewis Hamilton faced when he was younger and how it fuels him today.

“As a child he was insulted on the go-kart track, white parents forbade their children to interact with him,” the Austrian said.

“That definitely left big scars on him too. For him, racing was an outlet to show everyone, and it still is.”

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Wolff says these experiences give Mercedes their resilience when the going gets tough.

“This puts us in our comfort zone when things get tough, that’s when we function well too. If you come from an emotional Siberia, the rest of the world seems beautiful.”

Then, while talking about the celebration of Mercedes’ record-breaking eighth Constructors’ Championship in Brackley, Wolff once again turned to the controversial ending of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“It was very beautiful. Unfortunately, that doesn’t change anything about the events in Abu Dhabi,” concluded Wolff.

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