Mercedes must hold delivering for Hamilton – Wolff
Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton can match Michael Schumacher’s Method 1 information as quickly as subsequent season, so long as Mercedes can proceed to provide him the instruments for the job.
Hamilton received his sixth drivers’ championship by ending second at the US Grand Prix on Sunday, leaving him one behind Schumacher’s report. He’s additionally simply eight wins behind Schumacher’s benchmark of 91 after taking 10 victories to this point this 12 months, however Wolff, Mercedes’ crew principal, says his crew wants to supply the platform to problem these statistics.
“There’s a purpose why the Schumacher report stands – as a result of it’s very troublesome,” Wolff stated. “If we’re capable of present the drivers with a superb automotive subsequent 12 months, that’s aggressive, we proceed to work on the gaps we nonetheless have, try to reduce the errors and he has a superb season, there isn’t any purpose why he couldn’t go for a seventh title.”
Reflecting on a 12 months when Mercedes has received a sixth consecutive championship double, Wolff says the way Hamilton wrapped up his championship – a one-two in Austin behind Valtteri Bottas – was the proper method to cap off the success.
“Each championship looks like the toughest – it’s possibly as a result of we’re protected by our reminiscence, however actually this 12 months had its ups and downs. We got here out of the blocks very robust, didn’t have the quickest bundle on Saturday for a very long time. However we’re capable of make the least errors on a Sunday. That was most likely the most important key in making us win the championship.
“For me, the spotlight is Austin. We got here again to previous kind, successful a title decider with Valtteri and successful the championship with Lewis with robust tempo is for me the spotlight of the season.”
Wolff believes Hamilton can get even higher given his work ethic, because the 34-year-old exhibits no indicators of desirous to retire.
“He simply drives vehicles bloody quick. It’s the place expertise meets a giant push for self enchancment on a regular basis. And that mixture, the background, makes him stand out in his technology.
“He’ll all the time say there may be room for enchancment, and I feel that is the mentality it’s worthwhile to have. He’s, for me, on an especially excessive degree. However you by no means wish to give your self or anyone 10 out of 10 since you would possibly simply be a 9 and also you wish to have the room for being a 10 sooner or later.”