Toto Wolff says eight title is not Lewis Hamilton’s main focus

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff explains that neither Mercedes, nor Lewis Hamilton are focusing on his eight Formula 1 championship.

Lewis Hamilton is poised to make history in 2021. If he wins the championship, he will break the record he currently jointly holds with Michael Schumacher, and cement his place as the most successful F1 driver in history. However Toto Wolff says Hamilton is not entering the new season focusing on the title.

“If you start to spend too much time thinking about an eighth title you forget that in between there are 20 or so races that you need to finish in the best possible outcome,” the Austrian explained.

“In that respect, of course, the eighth title is out there, but it’s not going to be something that’s going to play on his mind a lot.

“Nor does it play on our mind a lot because we need to concentrate on the job.”

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With the media speculating that the relatively late signing of Lewis’ contract extension was due to financial demands, Wolff once again shot down that theory.

“Lewis has always recognised this is a very difficult period, difficult for everybody, difficult from a health point of view.

“There are much more important topics than Formula 1 racing, and that the auto industry is in a transformation phase.

“So the money topic wasn’t the sticking point, it was more about ‘Let us get going for 2021’,” concluded Mercedes’ team boss.

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