Toto Wolff says Mercedes doesn’t want to focus on Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi to attempt to keep up with his Equation 1 win record, trusting it’s “not what he at any point would need.”
Hamilton heads into this end of the week’s Abu Dhabi Excellent Prix with one last opportunity to keep up with his record of coming out on top in a race in each season he has contended, extending back to 2007.
Hamilton’s record of 15 sequential seasons with a success presently attaches with Michael Schumacher’s work, set somewhere in the range of 1992 and 2006, in spite of the fact that Schumacher neglected to win in 1991 when he appeared mid-season.
Mercedes scored its most memorable win of the year in Brazil last the end of the week as George Russell drove home Hamilton for a 1-2 wrap-up, flagging the group’s re-visitation of the front subsequent to attempting to contend with Red Bull and Ferrari recently.
Yet, group head Wolff said there was no arrangement to focus on Hamilton going into the last race just to keep his success record alive, taking note of the seven-time title holder had recently excused its significance.
“I figure Lewis needn’t bother with any prioritization, and it’s not what he at any point would need,” said Wolff.
“I believe that he referenced before that this record of coming out on top in a race in each and every season, that is to a lesser degree a need for him.
“More we’re getting the vehicle back to where it tends to be, and we’re hustling for more race triumphs one year from now, and ideally a title.”
Hamilton recently expressed that keeping up with the record had “zero significance” as far as he might be concerned, with the greater spotlight rather being on making the Mercedes vehicle serious and learning examples for 2023.
“I’m not centered around the record but rather obviously, I’m attempting to get that success this year,” he said in September. “In any case, the record isn’t essential to me, since I couldn’t care less about records overall.”
The Briton was allowed to race Russell on the last well-being vehicle restart, yet never drew near to the point of battling for success, passing on him to go too far in runner-up.
Hamilton said after the race at Interlagos that it was an “extraordinary, incredible sign” for Mercedes heading into the following year that it had come out on top in a race, having endeavored to determine the center issue with the W13 vehicle.
“It was troublesome, on the grounds that we kept endlessly trying, and each opportunity something new came, we actually had the issues we had,” said Hamilton.
“So this is incredibly tremendous. We know where our North Star is, and we know where we really want to invest every one of our amounts of energy into this colder time of year.
“I’m so pleased with the group for all the inconceivable difficult work. We wouldn’t have the option to be up here today without them.”