Toto Wolff asserts that Lewis Hamilton “never would have wanted” Mercedes to give him first priority in Abu Dhabi in an effort to maintain his winning streak in Formula One.
Hamilton has one more chance in this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to extend his winning streak in every season of competition, a streak that dates back to 2007.
Hamilton’s accomplishment is presently tied with Michael Schumacher’s record of 15 consecutive seasons with a victory, which he attained between 1992 and 2006. However, Schumacher’s mid-season debut in 1991 prevented him from being a success.
Mercedes had a hard time competing with Red Bull and Ferrari earlier this year. However, last weekend’s race in Brazil marked the team’s first triumph of the year when George Russell sped Hamilton to the finish line for a 1-2 finish.
The seven-time world champion has reportedly downplayed the importance of Hamilton’s win total in the past, but Wolff emphasized that there was no desire to give Hamilton top priority going into the last race just to maintain it.
“I think Lewis doesn’t need any prioritisation, and it’s not what he ever would want,” said Toto Wolff.
“I think that he mentioned before that this record of winning a race in every single season, that is less of a priority for him.It’s more that we’re getting the car back to where it can be, and we’re racing for more race victories next year, and hopefully a championship.” Toto Wolff further added.
Maintaining the record, according to Hamilton, was of “zero importance,” with the Mercedes car’s competitiveness and lessons learned for 2023 receiving more attention.
“I’m not focused on the record but of course, I’m trying to get that win this year,” Hamilton said in September. “But the record is not important to me, just because I don’t really care about records in general.” Hamilton further added.