Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton joined the Silver Arrows in 2013, and the rest is history. Mercedes went on to dominate the grid for eight years straight. Moreover, Toto Wolff became one of the most successful team principals of all time. On the other hand, Lewis Hamilton became the most successful F1 racer in history. Hence, it has been a great collaboration for so many years between the team boss and driver. Moreover, Wolff and Hamilton have become really close friends. In 2023, Lewis Hamilton said the problem was with the cockpit position and the rear downforce.
It turned out to be a real confusion as Mercedes had been struggling in the low downforce tracks in the current season. But the German team’s performance always gets better on the tracks with high downforce. For instance, that’s why Mercedes has done well in the Spanish Grand Prix but struggled in the Austrian Grand Prix. Recently, in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Wolff mentioned he wants to solve the issues his dear friend Hamilton faced this season.
How Can Mercedes Solve The Issues That Bothered Hamilton This Season?
Toto Wolff said they want to go back to the basics. Mercedes boss wants to have a clear understanding of the car. Moreover, Wolff mentioned that it is better to do a better engineering job than going for more sophistication. However, Toto Wolff told the Italian publication that he does not want to hear Lewis Hamilton complaining about the cockpit being too forward. Moreover, the Mercedes boss added that it is much better to pay attention to what they understand. Hence, Mercedes will ignore the stuff they don’t understand in the car.
Moreover, Toto Wolff said it is more than essential for the drivers to have confidence in the car. And only then can the drivers go full throttle. Moreover, that’s how they will get the most out of the car. Currently, Mercedes is a mammoth 331 points behind Red Bull. The Austrian team has already clinched the title. But Mercedes will still fight for the P2 finish. However, Ferrari and McLaren are getting closer every race. But thanks to Hamilton’s consistency, Mercedes is still 28 points ahead of the Italian giants, Ferrari. Moreover, there are still five more races remaining.
Lewis Hamilton Will Be In Mercedes As Long As He And Toto Wolff Are Tight
Even when the rumors were suggesting Hamilton’s move from Mercedes to Ferrari, the seven-time champion said that as long as he and Wolff are tight, he won’t leave Mercedes. On the other hand, Toto Wolff said, prior to Hamilton’s contract extension, that they had already signed emotionally, but they only needed to sign formally. That’s what they did a few months later. But the question remains that if Lewis Hamilton will win his eighth title driving a Mercedes car.
Clearly, the Brackley team has been struggling since the 2022 season. They have not yet figured out a way to win a race in the current ongoing season. Lewis Hamilton has been winless since last year. The last time Hamilton stood on the top of the podium came after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021. It has been two years that the most successful driver has been winless.