Wolff: ‘I need Lewis, the team needs Lewis and Lewis needs us’
By Srihari HS 22 mei 2020 | 12:43
Toto Wolff faces a difficult choice. The Mercedes team boss must determine the driver’s line-up for 2021. Quite a challenge if you realize that he has to sell a very expensive Lewis Hamilton to the Daimler board, while he is reviewing his own role within the team.
How does the Austrian choose his drivers? According to L’Equipe, he opts for an analytical approach: “We look at the data and the way in which the driver lies or can lie within the team. The dynamics between the drivers depend on his teammate and our long-term plan.”
However he puts it, Lewis Hamilton remains crucial to the championship battle for the German racing outfit. A few months ago, he said that the future of Mercedes lay with the Brit: “I need Lewis, the team needs Lewis and Lewis needs us.”
“If Hamilton stays with Mercedes, it’s because of Wolff”
The team boss and his six-time world champion are good friends. But accepting his [Hamilton’s] enormous salary demand (expectedly more than the current 37 million euros a year) is not so easy.
Frédéric Ferret, Formula 1 journalist for the French sports newspaper, analyzes the situation: “If the big boss at Mercedes follows Wolff’s advice, and approves the Brit’s contract despite his enormous salary, he [Hamilton] will continue his successful career at the racing outfit, just like Wolff.”
“The two men have kept in touch regularly, while according to Wolff, he has no contact with Valtteri Bottas. If Hamilton stays with Mercedes, it’s because of Wolff,” the Frenchman is convinced of a future for the duo at Mercedes. (Photo: Mercedes AMG F1)
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