‘Lewis Hamilton will never recover from the pain’: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits he is uncertain about his star driver’s return to F1 after what happened in Abu Dhabi

Toto Wolff admits that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will never recover from the pain and suffering caused in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes announced that it would not proceed with the appeal on Thursday. However, the controversy surrounding the season finale is far from over. The Silver Arrows have finally broken their silence and have spoken out about the incident for the first time since the race.

Principal Toto Wolff also spoke out for the first time since the scandalous conclusion of GP Abu Dhabi. The owner of the Austrian team said that the whole team was traumatized by what happened at Yas Island and that they needed time to recover afterwards.

He also mentioned that himself and Lewis Hamilton are ‘disillusioned’ at the moment. They felt that the rules of the sport had been changed that day, which greatly disturbed all the participants.

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“Lewis and I are disillusioned at the moment,” said Wolff. “We are not disillusioned with the sport. We love the sport to the bone and we love it because chronographs never lie.”

“But if we break that basic principle of fair play in sport and authenticity in that sport, then the chronograph will no longer be relevant.”

“Because we are exposed to random decision making. Obviously you start to question whether all your hard work, sweat, tears and blood can really be proven to deliver the best possible performances on the track by as it can be taken away at random.

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Toto Wolff ‘hopes’ to see Lewis Hamilton return to F1 next year

Hamilton is contracted to stay with Mercedes until the end of 2023. However, Wolff admits that he is uncertain whether the 7-time World Champion will return to the field next year.

“I very much hope Lewis continues to race because he is the greatest driver of all time.” he say.

“As a racer, his heart would say I need to keep going because he’s at the top of the game.” he added. “But we have to get over the pain that was inflicted on him on Sunday. He is a man of clear values.”

Mercedes is also adamant that they were wrong in the final lap decision made by race director Michael Masi. They gave up their intention to appeal, but still blamed the FIA.

“We will hold them accountable for the actions because we cannot continue in a sport where sport is followed by entertainment and not the other way around.” Toto added.

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Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff will not be attending the FIA ​​Awards

Wolff revealed that neither he nor Hamilton will be attending the awards ceremony on Thursday. Mercedes technical director James Allison will represent Mercedes at the FIA ​​gala.

“Neither of us will be there.” he say. “And I won’t be there for my loyalty to Lewis and for my personal integrity.

“But we will be represented as a team by James, who will receive the trophy on behalf of everyone at Brackley and Brixworth, who will be celebrating our eighth consecutive world title. ”

According to article 6.6 of the sports regulations, the top 3 riders must be present at the ceremony. There could be consequences for Hamilton not attending the event, but nothing has been announced yet. ‘Lewis Hamilton will never recover from the pain’: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits he is uncertain about his star driver’s return to F1 after what happened in Abu Dhabi

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