Toto Wolff Readying Himself for Emotional Lewis Hamilton Exit From Mercedes

Somin Bhattacharjee
|Published 18/03/2023

Toto Wolff has been an ever-present figure in the Mercedes garage as the Silver Arrows’ team principal. For the majority of his stint as the team boss, his star driver has been none other than Lewis Hamilton, someone who has won six world championships with the team.

Now 38 years old, Hamilton has just one last record to break in F1. He is currently tied with Michael Schumacher as the driver with the most number of titles (7) but he desperately wants the eighth before he retires. Unfortunately, Mercedes hasn’t had a race-winning car for over a year now, and the early signs this season aren’t promising.

Hamilton’s relatively old age means that he does not have a lot of time left in F1, so if Mercedes don’t provide him with the right car, there’s a chance he may look elsewhere. Wolff does not think Hamilton would want to leave them but also insisted that he would understand if the seven-time champion decides to go.

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Why Wolff isn’t worried about Lewis Hamilton leaving

Speaking to Sky Sports during the Saudi Arabian GP weekend, Wolff said that Hamilton is at a stage in his career with he has forged a special relationship with the entire Mercedes team. The Stevenage-born driver joined them in 2013 and went on to create history with the outfit.

Although Mercedes as a team, is going through a ‘difficult spell’, Wolff insists that they don’t doubt each other’s hard work and commitment. “So nice it will be when we come out of this valley of tears and come back to solid performances,” the Austrian said.

On the other hand, Wolff also acknowledged the fact that as a driver, Hamilton needs to have a winning car if he still dreams of winning a world championship. He wants Hamilton to give them a year or two to develop a title winning car, and if they fail, he won’t be upset if the Brit decides to leave.

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Hamilton refusing to admit thoughts of leaving Mercedes

Hamilton has been adamant that he is completely committed to succeeding with Mercedes. This comes despite the fact that he went public while criticizing his team for not listening to his feedback before making the W14 this season.

Regardless, Hamilton called Mercedes his family and reiterated his desire to staying in Brackley and making more history with the team that helped him win six world championships.

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Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee is an F1 writer at The SportsRush. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and aims to work in the sports industry for the rest of his life. Somin has been a fan of Scuderia Ferrari since 2010 and his favorite driver is none another than the great Fernando Alonso. Other than longing for a Ferrari Championship win once again, Somin spends his free time playing football and basketball.

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