Wolff: Hamilton better in and out of the car in 2018


Mercedes Formula 1 team principal Toto Wolff believes that Lewis Hamilton has been better than ever not just at driving, but “out of the car” as well in 2018.

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Wolff says that Hamilton has been a more ‘complete’ driver than previously, but stressed that there was always room to seek improvement.

‘This is the best Lewis Hamilton I’ve seen in the last six years,’ said Wolff. ‘He has driven better. He has been better out of the car.

“Very, very complete. But as we try to reach for more, it is never completely complete. It sounds stupid.’

Asked about Hamilton’s greatest strengths in 2018, Wolff said: ‘I think keeping his calm and holding his nerve.

“We had times when the car was good enough to win and times when the car was not good enough to win, and he was very stable.

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The Brit wrapped up the fifth drivers’ title of his career in Mexico at the weekend with a fourth-placed finish – having only needed to come home seventh or higher to beat Sebastian Vettel to this year’s championship.

Hamilton’s win sees him equal Juan Manuel Fangio on five titles, with only seven-time winner Michael Schumacher – the most successful F1 driver of all time – ahead of him.

The 33-year-old has been in sensational form this season, having won six of the last nine races to steal well ahead of Ferrari’s Vettel in the standings and been almost faultless all the way through the year.

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Hamilton has cemented his place among the greats of the sport with his latest title triumph, the fourth in the six seasons since he joined Mercedes from McLaren.

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Indeed, the Mercedes chief is confident “there is more to come” from his star driver, with Hamilton himself making clear in the wake of his title coronation in Mexico on Sunday that he is hungry for more success.

Talk has already inevitably turned to whether Hamilton can now hunt down Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven championships – although Wolff says more immediate targets will purely be on the mind in 2019.

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MEXICO CITY — Lewis Hamilton is driving better than he ever has since joining Mercedes, according to team boss Toto Wolff, who would not be surprised if the Brit continues to raise the bar in 2019.

Hamilton wrapped up his fifth world champion in Mexico with two races to spare, capping off what has been arguably his most impressive season in Formula One so far.

“As long as he’s in a good car and he continues enjoying in the way he does today, I think there’s more to come. I think the reason why he’s won the fifth championship is that he concentrates on the job in hand and not looks too far away. Because, before reaching seven, there’s sixth to win. We haven’t scored a single point for that one.”

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The 33-year-old is the equal second most successful driver in history, in terms of titles, drawing level with the great Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio. Suddenly, Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven, which for a while looked impregnable, is within reach.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team have triumphed in every single year since the introduction of F1’s turbo hybrid engines in 2014. But a large part of the reason they have done so this season is because their lead driver has reached new heights. As long as the team remain competitive, the way he has been driving it is hard to see anyone stopping him.

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