Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff revealed his driver Lewis Hamilton’s wish for the 2022 season, saying that he only prioritises one thing at the moment.
Hamilton’s future is up in the air after the 2021 season finale. It was an absolute shambles and one that cost him a surefire eighth world championship. What looked like a record-breaking end to the season became a tale of heartbreak and robbery.
The aftermath of what happened at Yas Marina has seen the seven-time world champion bask in his silence and Mercedes unsure if he will return to the sport. It is something that is very much left to be resolved, but now the team boss has come forward with some words.
Wolff revealed Hamilton’s wish for 2022, saying all he is asking for is fair and hard racing and nothing else.
“The measure of Lewis is often wrongly questioned,” the Austrian told Auto Motor und Sport.
“Even after the events in Abu Dhabi, he immediately congratulated Max (Verstappen). Lewis only wants one thing: fair competition on the track. We will deliver that.
“I would wish that we had two lightning-fast drivers fighting for victory. And if not, then we need these drivers to get our car back on the winning track.”
Wolffed down his ego
“I interpret his silence as a way of distancing himself from Wolff,” Villeneuve told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“You can lose in style, instead Toto behaved like someone who plays Monopoly but, because he is losing, he throws it all upside down.”