In an interview with the Italian edition of Motorsport.com, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was asked if he was disappointed by Lewis Hamilton missing out on his record-surpassing eighth Formula 1 world title at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“Of course, he would have been the only driver to hold this record,” Wolff said.
“But I think he can be equally proud of having seven titles as Michael [Schumacher]. I think this achievement is also definitely historic and important.
“But the goal is to get back to the right performance soon, and if we get back to providing Lewis with a good car, why only think about eight world titles? Why not 10?”
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The Austrian then explained how after a hard start to the 2022 season, the Mercedes team started mentally rebounding, and Lewis played a big role in this process.
“At the beginning, like for all of us, it was not easy to accept reality, it is certainly not a pleasant experience.
“But after the first few races he got his very special spirit back, he was totally focused on getting this car into the top positions, and even when we went through very difficult days, he was always the most positive person in the team,” Wolff concluded.