‘We really love him’: Toto Wolff has spoken of the possibility of replacing Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes
Although the seat Lewis Hamilton At Mercedes it seems untouchable, it is true that the British rider has predicted a possible retirement by the end of 2024. The German team boss, Toto Wolff, who has managed to put the team at the top of the world for eight straight years, has to start examining the options available to take the place. The seven-time world champion left him. In this sense, the Austrian leader gave the green light to a rider on the current grid.
At the start of the 2019 season, when Daniel Ricciardo started his stage at Renault, the German team boss confirmed that they had set their sights on the Australian as a partner for the Lewis Hamilton. However, it did not happen because they preferred to prioritize the duo of Valtteri Bottas and British runner Which led them to win the constructors’ championship for five consecutive years (2017 to 2021).
“We’ve always been watching Daniel, we really love him being here. It’s just the Mercedes mentality: sometimes I feel like if you’re happy in your relationship, it’s not always easy (to change). It’s like you’re married, you need to support him 100 percent. Wolf said, when the team was made up of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
However, if you consider Hamilton’s possible retirement in 2024, Daniel Ricciardo could be a strong possibility to take the seven-time world champion’s place with Toto Wolff’s nod.
In an exclusive interview for Vanity Fair, the British rider opened up about the end of the 2021 season, with Max Verstappen winning the world championship and breaking Hamilton’s streak for seven straight years. In this line, the file Mercedes driver He confirmed that it was one of the most difficult moments he lived.
“I don’t know if I can really put my feeling into words. I remember sitting there in disbelief. Realizing that my seat belts had to be loosened, I had to get out of there, and I had to find strength, and I had no strength. And it was from The hardest moment I’ve had in a very long time. I knew what happened. He knew what decisions were made and why. And I know something wasn’t right,” Lewis admitted.
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