Amid the army of Lewis Hamilton fans, aficionado in chief is Mercedes boss Toto Wolff who rates the five-time Formula 1 World Champion as the best ever alongside Michael Schumacher and should the Briton should be appreciated for how good he really is.
Wolff said in an interview with The National, “Lewis, in my opinion, along with Michael, are the best we have ever seen. We’re only going to realise when he retires one day. We tend to never acknowledge somebody’s great performance while it happens.”
“We are always full of [praise for] the types of people who retire or die. But they are never saying: This guy is really unbelievable, we’re alive to witness an exceptional performer. I think we should recognise that while we are still racing.”
Defying criticism and doubters, Hamilton made a bold decision to ditch his alma mater McLaren and take his services to Mercedes, in 2013, long before they were the force they have become now.
Since then he has been in the process of rewriting the F1 history books while adding four more world titles to his CV but, according to his boss, the 34-year-old’s growth has not been limited to on-track achievements.
Wolff explained, “The way he has developed as a human is exceptional. He’s become a strong pillar of winning with the team, which is rather unusual for a driver; your driver is more complaining about the team than praising, and he praises.”
“We have an environment of brutal honesty with each other. So, if things go wrong, we go into the meeting and we say: That was wrong, that was wrong, and that was wrong. That has allowed us to perform better, and he has a perfect attitude,” added the Mercedes team chief.