Lewis Hamilton’s inherent ability as well as the shared trust between him and Mercedes is what makes him such a special driver, says team principal Toto Wolff.
Sealing a record-equalling seventh Formula 1 driver’s championship with his tenth win of the 2020 season and 94th of his career on Sunday in Turkey, Hamilton accomplished the feat after agreeing an ambitious strategy with the pit wall to run long with intermediates on a drying track, ultimately completing 50 laps on a set that was essentially slicks by the end.
Discussing the race afterwards, Wolff was effusive in his praise for the Briton, particularly in the strength of his relationship with the team.
“Today once again showed how Lewis is capable to cope with a situation that went against him in the beginning,”he said. “He was the one who kept it on the road, looked after the tyres and let the race come to him. And that made the difference today, he was hungry as a lion.
“Driving a car on slicks at the end, with the risk of rain, he just brought it home for a 94th win in Formula 1 and to take the seventh title – it’s such an impressive achievement.
“Looking at Lewis, we have such a strong relationship that has built up over our years together; the team is 100 per cent behind him, he is 100 per cent behind the team, and this was one of those days where that trust really shined, taking the win against all odds.”
A season taking place under unusual circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wolff went on to say he hoped F1 fans could enjoy Hamilton’s performance as much as he did.
“This year has been very special because it was so difficult for everybody in the world. I hope we have been able to bring people some joy, some entertainment, and coming out on top after a race like this feels incredible.
“We simply need to say congratulations to Lewis and to recognise the amazing job he is doing, setting new benchmarks in this sport. We will be flying home together, so we will have to see how we celebrate – I’m sure we will find a way!”