Toto Wolff says “you would expect a world champion that has had the title taken away from him, to come in and just try to smash everybody, but we didn’t give him a good enough car”.
After unjustly being denied a title win at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton had to go through the entire 2022 season with a subpar car, which was not able to challenge for the championship, or race wins.
Despite this, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Lewis had the best attitude and mindset of his career.
“I think he’s been really, really good this year,” the Austrian said.
“You would expect a world champion that has had the title taken away from him, to come in and just try to smash everybody, but we didn’t give him a good enough car to do that.
“He’s held us up at times with his energy level, when it goes down, up there in the briefing room, and on days where it was difficult for him.
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“That particular [win in every season] record, I don’t think that it matters a lot. It is more about helping to set the sails for next season.
“The partnership with George was really good, and they together developed the car.
“For me, knowing him [Hamilton] for 10 years, from a personal side and a human side – exceptional. Exceptional, better than all the performances he had in the car.
“For me, his attitude and mindset this year was outstanding,” Wolff concluded.