Wolff Backs Hamilton’s Prospects for 2024 F1 Championships

Toto Wolff expresses his belief that Lewis Hamilton has the potential to clinch another Formula 1 championship within the next two years.


By Ben Bush
Published on January 23, 2024

Wolff Backs Hamilton's Prospects for 2024

Toto Wolff remains confident in Lewis Hamilton‘s ability to secure another Formula 1 championship in the next two years.

After enduring two challenging seasons marred by performance issues and car problems, Mercedes has been unable to position Hamilton as a strong contender for the title.

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However, as the 2024 Formula 1 season approaches, there’s a sense of renewed hope within the team.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Wolff was questioned about Hamilton’s chances of adding to his current tally of seven world titles. He responded with optimism, stating, “Always believe it’s possible.

“You cannot start the season with an attitude of ‘This is not going to be possible.’

“We saw last year with McLaren, what a huge step they made with a single upgrade.

“We’ve signed a two-year deal with Lewis, and we owe it to him, to George and to all the team to give it our full attention in 2024 and 2025. I think it’s possible.”

Hamilton currently shares the record for the most F1 championships with Michael Schumacher.

Ever since the contentious 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which prevented Hamilton from achieving a record-breaking eighth title, he has observed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ascend to the forefront of the sport.

Mercedes has now retired the W14, along with the disappointing memories of a largely uncompetitive season, and is set to unveil the new W15 on February 14.

Both Hamilton and George Russell have renewed their contracts with Mercedes, extending their stay until the end of 2025. The team will face a new set of challenges with F1’s regulations changing in 2026.

Wolff has also committed to a three-year extension as team principal. Holding a 33% stake in the F1 team, Wolff’s announcement of his new contract aims to quell speculation about his future with the team, as suggested by Sky’s Craig Slater.

Looking ahead, Mercedes aims for a strong comeback this season after abandoning their unsuccessful ‘zeropod’ design. However, it remains uncertain if their developments are sufficient to challenge the dominance of Red Bull.

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