Toto Wolff Reveals Lewis Hamilton’s Input in Choosing his Mercedes F1 Partner
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has mentioned that 7-time Lewis Hamilton has an influence in the decision-making. Lewis Hamilton has been with the German team since 2013 and won 6 Drivers’ Championships with them. He has also helped the team secure every Constructors’ Championship since 2014.
Since 2017, Hamilton has partnered with Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas in Mercedes. They have been a successful driver pairing of the Berkley-based team as they have helped the team win every driver’s and constructor’s title since 2017. Valtteri is a fast driver and also a solid teammate for the 7-time world champion.
But the Finn has been struggling to match the pace of Hamilton this season. His current form has affected the team in their constructor’s championship battle with Red Bull.
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We need to evaluate the situation for the future: Toto Wolff
During the FIA press conference, Wolff mentioned that Lewis has a hand in the decisions regarding the team. He also stated that the situation around Valtteri and Russell is being monitored by the team.
“Well, Lewis is part of the team and has always been in the inner circle of decision-making because simply we value his opinion and in the same way when we are talking about drivers there is nothing we are not sharing with him; it’s transparent,” said Wolff.
He also commented on his relationship with other Mercedes drivers, “But the other way around too: when I speak to Valtteri it’s open and when I speak to George, it’s very much open, because I don’t want to have any hidden agendas. “We need to evaluate the situation for the future. “
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Will Toto Wolff retain Valtteri Bottas for the 2022 season?
Bottas has struggled in the 2021 season and Hamilton has outperformed him easily in the races. His Mercedes seat is in severe danger from Williams driver George Russell. But Wolff has yet to decide regarding the driver lineup for next season.
“Valterri had some really good weekends, but he also had some off weekends and we just need to minimize those and then we will take a decision and whatever decision we will be taking, Valtteri or George, the person that is involved in that will be hearing that first and that is the driver,” said Wolff on the decision regarding Valtteri’s future.
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