Lewis Hamilton made history when he won his fifth driver’s title in Mexico but his team boss, Toto Wolff, has claimed that the Brit was not entirely happy for one reason- because the team had not clinched the constructor’s title yet.
“When I had a conversation with him on the Sunday night after Mexico we both didn’t feel happy. Here is a driver that just won his fifth drivers’ championship and was not satisfied because our objective – and this is without wanting to sound not humble – was to win both championships for the team,” the Mercedes boss told RaceFans.
“That’s why he was emotional and [trying to] understand the race situation. He wanted to finish this on a high and win the constructors’ championship in Brazil,” he added.
Lewis Hamilton became the first British driver to win five titles and only the third overall, after legends, Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. He was the second driver to win with Mercedes, as Fangio also drove for them.
The champion corroborated Wolff’s statement about not being particularly excited on the night of his title win in Mexico. “I didn’t really feel the celebration because I knew that we still had another championship to win and I really needed to remain focused for the team,” he said.
“I really came here focused on making sure that I could deliver for them.” His love for the team was very evident in his radio messages after Brazil and he was so excited that he destroyed the wall separating him from the team as he jumped on them.
He was full of praise for them and appreciated all their efforts. “To come in and see my guys who I’ve come along this great journey with and we’ve had a lot of success but we’ve still remained fierce and competitive. I think our relationship is better than it’s ever been so just that bond, it was just a great moment, plus it was a really hard race,” he said.