Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff stands firmly behind Lewis Hamilton’s pursuit of an unprecedented eighth Formula 1 World Championship. Responding to recent skepticism about Hamilton’s capabilities at 39, Wolff emphasizes his confidence in the seasoned driver. “Clearly yes, and I emphasise that strongly,” Wolff asserted, countering the doubts surrounding Hamilton’s ability to reclaim top form.
Wolff’s belief in Hamilton is rooted in the driver’s illustrious record. “There is a reason why Lewis has broken all records and won seven world championships – because his skill is on a higher level,” he explained. He insists that with the right car, Hamilton can dominate the field: “If we give him a good car that he can trust, he can get back in front of everyone.”
However, Hamilton has been open about his self-doubts, a sentiment Wolff finds common among extraordinary individuals. “All the extraordinary people I met in my life are like that,” he shared with La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Meanwhile, Mercedes has bolstered its technical team, welcoming back James Allison in a long-term contract. Wolff lauds Allison as “the most impressive technical leader in our sport,” signaling Mercedes’ intent to dethrone Red Bull. Allison, now tasked with ending Mercedes’ dry spell, acknowledges the challenge. “Catching up isn’t quite as nice as winning,” he said, as reported by Auto Motor und Sport, but remains optimistic about the team’s chances.
Allison equates overcoming Red Bull in 2024 to climbing Mount Everest, a daunting yet achievable feat. He revealed promising signs from early simulator tests of the new car, noting improved stability and balance. “Last year we analysed our weaknesses, hypothesised the reasons for them and are now curious to see whether our actions confirm the diagnosis and hypotheses.”