Wolff Believes Ecclestone’s Negative Comments on Hamilton are ‘Good for the Sport’

Published 07/17/2021, 8:56 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren team principal Toto Wolff before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


While he put in strong performances during qualifying at the British GP, Lewis Hamilton has been in some form of a slump for the past few weeks. He has failed to register a single win since mid-may, assisting Max Verstappen to lead the driver’s championship.

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So, Bernie Ecclestone, former F1 supremo, took a swipe at the reigning champion, suggesting he is no longer the fighter he once was and the Brit could yet walk away from his new two-year £80M contract.

Then, during the team principal’s press conference, the Mercedes boss Toto Wolff responded to Ecclestone’s remarks.

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What did Toto Wolff say?

“Bernie is always good for banter and headline. He likes to create a little bit of controversy and mess and always has he been. I think it’s good for the sport, good for him,” said Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff.

“Yeah, I think it’s important that Bernie, as the one who created all that, is is still having a strong opinion, is being heard by you guys and that’s legitimate.”

Lewis Hamilton responds to Bernie Ecclestone’s criticism

During the driver’s press conference ahead of the British Grand Prix, seven-time world champion also hit back at Bernie.

I didn’t know about these statements until I arrived at the circuit,” said Hamilton.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna.

I’m definitely not the driver I was at the beginning. I’m better and I know myself better than before,” responded Hamilton to Ecclestone criticism. (Translated via Google Translate)

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How is the British GP week going for the Briton?

After five winless races, Hamilton hopes to end Verstappen and Red Bull‘s dominance this season. And things seem to be working out for the Briton; Silverstone is a track that Mercedes have dominated at in recent years, and Lewis has secured pole position for the inaugural sprint qualifying.

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Can Hamilton end his winless drought at this weekend’s British Grand Prix? Or will Verstappen take the race win for the fifth consecutive time this season? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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