Toto Wolff Opens Up on Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 Retirement Worries

Published 12/16/2021, 9:13 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Toto Wolff has finally broken his silence surrounding the happenings of the Abu Dhabi GP. While being calm and collected, the pain and anger were apparent in the team principal’s voice. However, as Wolff reflected on the season finale, he revealed something that was bothering him about Lewis Hamilton.

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Losing the race under the circumstances under which he did wasn’t easy for Hamilton. The driver had an incredible race lead; one that he maintained dominantly throughout the race. However, the safety car incident robbed him of a historic eighth title. Wolff stated, “It was a freestyle reading of the rules and it left Lewis like a sitting duck.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Further, Wolff made a startling statement“I would very much hope that Lewis continues racing – because he is the greatest driver of all times… I think as a racer his heart will say he needs to continue.”

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Having missed out on a glorious moment under such circumstances would have been painful for Hamilton, who has remained silent ever since. However, retirement may seem extreme for the legend. As the words marked on him read: “Still I Rise.” Surely, this is far from the end of the road for Lewis Hamilton.

An update on Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton has been silent for a long time. He sat out the post-race press conference; he remained silent about his knighthood and is now bound to sit out the FIA award ceremony as well.

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In an Instagram live, Nicolas Hamilton provided an update on his downtrodden brother. “Is Lewis good? Do you know what guys? I don’t actually know because I haven’t spoken to him.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks dejected after finishing second in the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

He added, “I tried to speak to him but I’m just gonna leave him for a bit. We all know what it’s like when things are a bit difficult. I couldn’t get hold of him today.” Nicolas told the fans that Hamilton is spending time with his parents, who say he is okay. “I think he’s just in a place where he doesn’t want to talk to anyone, including me which is fine.”

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As Hamilton gets back on his feet, the winter break will do the titan good. Some time away from racing, and Formula 1 seems lovely. In the meantime, the sport will work towards amending itself so that such situations never arise again.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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