Hamilton: Wolff Is ‘Our Leader’, I Am Just a ‘Nuisance’ Who Challenges Everything at Mercedes F1

Published 07/17/2021, 6:49 AM EDT
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship with Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Many would expect that the team leader at Mercedes is Lewis Hamilton. The Brit has picked up six world titles with the team and helped them become seven-time constructors’ championship winners, so it would right to assume that the 36-year-old is the top dog at the team.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

However, Hamilton passes the title of team leader to Toto Wolff, the Team Principal of Mercedes. And while the Briton does admit that he is responsible for bringing in the results, he knows he can be difficult to work with as he questions everything.

Lewis Hamilton sees Wolff as the one to lead the team through tough times

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Speaking to BBC ahead of the British Grand Prix, Hamilton’s home race, he was asked how he leads the team. He replied, Toto is our leader. Of course, I have the responsibility and the team to help the civil leaders that we have to come out with the best outcome.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIa: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff on stage for the F1 Live event during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“I don’t have the answers for everything, but I am challenging absolutely everything and being a complete nuisance. And you know, as I said I ask a lot of questions, and I challenge everything, even if, simulation say this, I’m like, ‘what about this?’

“So you know I always got questions for something, and I guess that’s my role here. But you know we have come a long way together on this amazing journey as a team, and I love being here, I love working with these people and the determination that I see around me is inspiring. So that’s why we continue for another couple of years,” Hamilton concluded.

Watch Story: When F1 Drivers Had a Blast on Top Gear Featuring Hamilton, Vettel & Ricciardo

Can the Knight find success at the sprint race?

The seven-time world champion got pole in yesterday’s qualifying session, beating arch-rival, Max Verstappen. Hence, the Mercedes driver will start from the front in today’s inaugural sprint race.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after finishing first in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Furthermore, with fans back in the stands, the Brit will be even more motivated to put on a stellar show at him home race in Silverstone and secure the three points that are up for grabs in this session.

Do you think that Lewis can beat Max one more time this weekend, as they prepare for the energetic this afternoon? Let us know your predictions in the comments down below.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

REVEALED: Valtteri Bottas’ Crucial Role in Lewis Hamilton’s British GP F1 Pole

18 days ago

Trending Stories

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Arpit Gomes

670 articles

Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT