Wolff says Hamilton’s desire is “exactly the same as in 2013 when I met him”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says he has not doubt that a “down year” for Lewis Hamilton “would not trigger him to say goodbye to Formula 1”.

Lewis Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes will expire at the end of 2023, which has led to lots of speculation in the media on when he’ll decide to retire.

In a talk with GPFans.com at the end of the 2022 season, Toto Wolff said that he has no doubt that Lewis will remain in Formula 1 for the foreseeable future.

“Lewis is always very good at sensing what’s right for him,” the Austrian said.

“We have these conversations regularly, not particularly about a contract extension, but more about where are we heading as human beings and what our objectives are.

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“That’s why we have that constant discussion, and I was in no doubt that a down year would not trigger him to say goodbye to Formula 1.

“He is too strong, too resilient, and too determined to say ‘Well, the car’s not good enough and that’s why I’m going’.”

Toto then added that Lewis’ “desire” is the same as it was when he joined Mercedes in 2013.

“The desire is exactly the same as in 2013 when I met him,” he concluded.

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