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Toto Wolff Admits Lewis Hamilton May Need To Leave Mercedes If He Wants To Win Record 8th Title

Vidit Dhawan
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Toto Wolff Admits Lewis Hamilton May Need To Leave Mercedes If He Wants To Win a Record 8th Title

Mercedes F1 team principal Toto Wolff has given his honest opinion about the team’s future a day after Lewis Hamilton committed his future to the Silver Arrows.

While the Austrian motorsports executive has made his stance clear of wanting to see his side return to the top, he is also wary of the challenges his team faces.

After dominating the turbo hybrid era from 2014-21, Mercedes now finds itself as the fourth-fastest team on the grid. While Red Bull Racing and Ferrari were quicker than them in the 2022 season, Aston Martin has seemingly overtaken them this season.

Toto Wolff reveals he won’t have any grudge if Lewis Hamilton leaves

While speaking to the media after the first practice session of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Toto Wolff began by stating that he does not feel Lewis Hamilton will leave Mercedes.

He explained his point by stating that the Briton and the team had formed a good relationship and that there was no reason for them to ‘doubt each other’ during this difficult spell.

However, the 51-year-old did admit that Hamilton may have to look elsewhere in the future if he wants to win another championship. Wolff said that he is unsure about how long it will take his team to recover from this slump and return to the top.

 

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The Austrian motorsports executive then concluded his remarks by stating that he would hold no grudge if Hamilton eventually decided to leave the team.

Hamilton is currently 38 and is unlikely to have much time on his hands if he is keen on winning another championship. The Briton currently has seven world titles to his name and is tied alongside the legendary Michael Schumacher.

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Hamilton commits his future to Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton confirmed during Thursday’s press conference that he has no intention of leaving Mercedes despite the widespread speculations that have arisen following the Silver Arrows’ poor start to the F1 2023 season. “I still have 100% belief in this team, they’re my family, and I’ve been here a long time, so I don’t plan on going anywhere else,” he explained.

However, the 38-year-old did admit that the team had several aspects they needed to work on if they were to have any chance of closing the gap to the top. Mercedes’ next test for this season will come in Saudi Arabia this weekend.

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Vidit Dhawan

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Vidit Dhawan is the F1 writer and Editor at The SportsRush. He fell in love with the sport at first sight when F1 visited India in 2011. The noise and the racing action from lights out and away we go to the chequered flag are what keeps him at the edge of his seat at all times. Vidit has been a lifelong Fernando Alonso fan and sees Charles Leclerc as the future of the sport. Other than F1, he also follows football and tennis closely.

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