“Guess Who’s Back in Town”: Amid Ongoing Conflict With Toto Wolff, Lewis Hamilton Finds Comfort in His True “Closest Friend” Before His Home GP

Published 07/04/2023, 4:09 PM EDT

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For probably the very first time in his illustrious F1 career, 7x champ Lewis Hamilton finds himself between a rock and a hard place. While Mercedes‘ W14 isn’t the fastest car around, the Brit has another hurdle to conquer in the form of his Silver Arrows contract. Reports suggest that the German automobile giants feel as though the Brit has overvalued himself and has pulled him back down to reality.

But to add the most stinging insult to injury, his close confidante and boss, Toto Wolff dug into him publicly during the 2023 Austrian GP. Hamilton came onto the radio comms repeatedly to complain about his struggles. And at one point of time, Wolff rebuked him on the airwaves saying, “Lewis, the car is bad, we know. Please drive it!”  With so much happening to and around the Brit, does he have any respite?

Lewis Hamilton’s best friend comes to his rescue


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This weekend is the British GP weekend. And it is arguably the most important to the 38-year-old Brit. Naturally, the pressure is huge, too. Luckily for him, though, his closest friend, and pet Bulldog, Roscoe came to his rescue!

Finally reunited with his beloved pet, the 7x champion took to his Instagram account to share how elated he was to be with Roscoe again. He took to his stories and posted a picture of Roscoe chilling with his Dad, Hamilton! He captioned it, “Guess who’s back in town @roscoelovescoco.”


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“No”: Amid Heated Controversy, Toto Wolff Issues Eye Catching Update on Lewis Hamilton’s Contract Extension at Mercedes

That being said, with time running out, can Hamilton and Mercedes salvage their relationship?

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Hamilton’s contract with the Brackley-based team comes to an end with the conclusion of the 2023 Formula 1 season. Then again, we’ve heard more negatives than positives about the negotiations. But Wolff has finally broken his silence.


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Express UK quoted the Austrian as saying, “I am still confident that everything will work out. We just want to make everything clear to the smallest detail. It is not a discussion about money or duration anymore. It’s about the future and ensuring that everything is optimized. We are talking about other details.”


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Anirban Aly Mandal


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Anirban Aly Mandal is a senior F1 writer at EssentiallySports, with over 500 articles published on the platform. Anirban's love for F1 started when he discovered a copy of F1 2014 while playing on his computer, and he has since then dived deep into the world of motorsports. Anirban's expertise goes beyond just writing - he has also written several academic papers focused on the domain of motorsports.
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