Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff expressed his confidence in Lewis Hamilton’s commitment to winning an eighth Formula 1 title next year. Despite recent reports suggesting the British driver could be considering retirement, the Mercedes F1 boss believes the seven-time champ is still motivated to achieve his goal.
Toto Wolff Remains Optimistic About Lewis Hamilton’s Future with Mercedes
The 36-year-old former world champion will be out of contract at the end of the season, leading to speculation about his future with the team. However, Wolff remains optimistic that Hamilton will extend his stay with Mercedes and continue his pursuit of breaking Michael Schumacher’s record for the most championship titles based on his interview.
The Mercedes boss also dispelled rumors linking the team to Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, stating that the Monégasque driver is fully committed to the Italian team. While acknowledging Leclerc’s abilities, Wolff emphasized that Mercedes is focused on securing Hamilton’s contract for the short- and medium-term.
Current Season Struggles
Hamilton’s current season performance has been lackluster, with the Mercedes team struggling to catch up to the dominant Red Bull. After four of 23 races, Hamilton is fourth in the championship standings so far. The score is 45 points behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who has won every race so far.
Nonetheless, Wolff believes that the team can still turn things around and give Hamilton a winning car. The Mercedes boss acknowledged that the team is not currently in contention for a drivers’ championship this year but remains confident in Hamilton’s ability to deliver if given the right package.
While rumors of Hamilton’s retirement and potential team changes continue to circulate, Wolff remains focused on securing the British driver’s contract and delivering a winning car. With the veteran driver’s experience, talent, and motivation, there is no doubt that he will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in F1.