What to make of Toto Wolff’s latest statements on Friday regarding Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 future? The Austrian Toto Wolff still doubts that his driver will return to the grid in Formula 1. He hopes, he wants to believe, but he does not want to say that it is a certainty at this stage, Martin Brundle doesn’t believe this rhetoric.
For former F1 driver Martin Brundle says he has no reason to stop:
“To be honest, I don’t believe in Toto’s talk in the media. I don’t believe it at all. He’s just continuing to put pressure on the FIA, and that’s normal because the Federation owes answers to Mercedes, Hamilton and all the fans about the events in Abu Dhabi.”
“But what about afterwards? For 2022? I’m sure Toto has asked Lewis what he plans to do. Formula One has been a fantastic success for the Mercedes-Benz brand, and Lewis, at 37, is still at the top. He is incredibly determined and competitive, he will be back.”
Mercedes recently denied it had a deal with the FIA to knock some heads, those of race director Michael Masi as well as single-seater technical manager Nikolas Tombazis.
Whether or not there is any truth to such behind-the-scenes pressure, Brundle admits he is uncomfortable with the idea of any team or driver having such influence.
“I’m a bit uncomfortable about a team and a driver starting to determine who does what at race control, or any other role in F1 – it’s the tail wagging the dog to some extent.”
“If I was a Formula One boss and my driver came to me and said I don’t want to race anymore if such and such a guy stays in his position, I would immediately stop thinking about that guy and start thinking about my driver. Has he lost his motivation?
“But Lewis will be back and he’ll press the accelerator even harder.”