Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff insisted that he was still unsure of driver Lewis Hamilton’s retirement, saying that all that was driving him was hope.
Hamilton was hard done by the authorities of the sport on the last lap of the last race of the season. The call they made cost him an eighth world title in extremely cruel and heartbreaking fashion, and since then he hasn’t been seen.
With retirement rumours gathering storm, no one knows if the seven-time world champion will show up for the new season. Among them is quite strangely the Austrian, who has no idea what his driver’s next move will be.
Wolff insisted that he was still unsure of Hamilton’s retirement, but remained hopeful that he would make a triumphant return.
As quoted by GP Fans, in an interview this week with Austrian publication Kronen Zeitung, Wolff said, “I really hope we’ll see him again.
“He is the most important part of our sport. It would be an indictment for the whole of Formula 1 if the best driver decides to quit because of outrageous decisions.”
“No matter what hurdles he has faced, he has known all his life that he has to speak on the racetrack,” he added.
“But it is incredibly difficult for him until he has found a way between understanding right and wrong. It just takes time.
“What happened to Lewis was just wrong. He was unbeatable that day until the race management blew fuses and decided on three rule violations.
“It’s just hard to understand. It will always remain with us, even though Max Verstappen is a worthy world champion over the course of the season. But that day one was better than the other and he didn’t win,” he concluded.