Toto Wolff: ‘Disgrace’ for F1 if Lewis Hamilton Retires

Published 01/14/2022, 2:12 AM EST
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory with team principle Toto Wolff during the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)


Ever since the diabolical end to the 2021 Formula One season, Mercedes’ lead driver Lewis Hamilton and his boss Toto Wolff have opted to keep themselves away from the media. This also included their strange absence from the FIA Gala that took place after the Abu Dhabi GP.

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Wolff was supposed to collect the constructors’ championship trophy after guiding the Brackley outfit to its eighth consecutive championship victory. However, it was Mercedes’ technical director, James Allison, that went up the stage to collect it instead. Meanwhile, Hamilton failed to make himself available to collect his runner-up trophy too.

And now, after quite a long time, Wolff has finally come out and managed to break his silence on Hamilton’s present situation. Although the Austrian acknowledged that the Mercedes star often prefers to give out his reply on the track, there is apparently a bit of uneasiness persisting within him, especially after losing hope in the governing body itself.

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What did Toto Wolff say?

During an exclusive interview with Kronen Zeitung, Wolff opened up that Hamilton is still busy fighting out the demons that the 2021 F1 campaign unleashed upon him.

Hence, the Mercedes part-owner has chosen to give the seven-time world champion a bit of space while the latter recovers completely before the 2022 season arrives.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the team principals press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

No matter what obstacle was thrown at him, he has known all his life that he has to speak on the track. But it is incredibly difficult for him until he has found a way between understanding what is right and what is wrong. That just takes time,” Wolff said.

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Losing Lewis Hamilton would be a disgrace

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Wolff admitted that losing a legendary racing driver like Lewis Hamilton to the stewards’ outrageous decisions would be a disgrace to the sport altogether.

I really hope we see him again. It’s the most important part of our sport. It would be a disgrace for the whole of Formula 1 if the best driver decided to retire because of outrageous decisions,” the Austrian concluded.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/John Thys

Overall, there is still no answer to whether Hamilton will continue to race in F1 or give up on his career. Of course, it would be a shame to lose Hamilton from the grid; but more than that, his departure could induce a massive blow to the integrity of F1. So, amidst the decent growth in the past few years, is the sport set to endure a step back?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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