Regrets Over Hamilton Leaving? Wolff Gives Honest Answer After British GP Victory

Monday, 08 July 2024 at 23:55
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The team principal of Mercedes, Toto Wolff, discussed the future departure of Lewis Hamilton after the seven-time World Champion's victory in Great Britain.
Lewis Hamilton managed to end his unlucky winless streak during the 12 round of the 2024 season at Silverstone Circuit. It was 56 race weekends since his previous victory, but the seven-time World Champion managed to do it.
Many F1 fans doubted the 39-year-old driver and his skills, saying he doesn't have what it takes to score a victory, but Hamilton showed he still has what it takes.
Mercedes could rely on the Briton's superbly fast and consistent performances for 12 years, but that will no longer be the case after 2024 when he will leave for Ferrari.
While Toto Wolff always claimed he believed in the seven-time World Champion and his driving skills, he only offered him a "one plus one year" deal in 2023, which led to Hamilton deciding to leave for Ferrari after one year.
Had Mercedes secured the British driver for a longer period, he could still be driving for them in 2025. Asked whether he now regrets that his star driver will be leaving the team at the end of this season, Wolff told the media:

"In my life, I've no regrets because you cannot have regrets. We are adults. We take decisions. We go for it. That's the most important."

"We've gotta finish this season on a high and provide a car that enables them to win and the team to score points in the constructors' championship. And it is what it is."

Mercedes couldn't offer Hamilton a race-winning car for quite some time, but the German team made considerable progress over the past couple of weekends, bringing both drivers to the top of the grid.

"It was so difficult over the last two years that we couldn't really find performance, we couldn't give the drivers a car that was able to go for the victories."

"And to make him win again, the British Grand Prix, in his last race for Mercedes here, it's almost like a little fairytale."