Formula 1
Formula 1
28 Mar
FP1 in
28 days
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
Race in
51 days
09 May
Next event in
69 days
23 May
Race in
86 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
06 Jun
Race in
100 days
13 Jun
Race in
108 days
27 Jun
Race in
121 days
04 Jul
Next event in
125 days
18 Jul
Race in
142 days
R
Hungarian GP
01 Aug
Race in
156 days
29 Aug
Race in
184 days
05 Sep
Race in
191 days
12 Sep
Race in
198 days
26 Sep
Race in
212 days
R
Singapore GP
03 Oct
Next event in
216 days
10 Oct
Race in
226 days
R
United States GP
24 Oct
Race in
241 days
31 Oct
Race in
248 days
R
Australian GP
21 Nov
Race in
268 days
R
Saudi Arabia GP
05 Dec
Race in
283 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
12 Dec
Race in
289 days

Hamilton says he's "conflicted" about prior comments on Wolff

Lewis Hamilton says he now feels "conflicted" over comments he made earlier this week suggesting former team bosses should not be involved in running the sport, because after reflection he reckons someone like Toto Wolff would be an ideal candidate.

shares
comments
Hamilton says he's "conflicted" about prior comments on Wolff

The reigning world champion said after the French Grand Prix that he felt it would be better for F1 if it was run by individuals who fans did not think had links with teams.

He cited the example of current FIA president Jean Todt, who used to be team boss at Ferrari, and Wolff, as good leaders but ones who could be viewed by some as not being completely neutral.

But having spent the last few days thinking about what he said, Hamilton actually reckons that the sport is in need of someone like Wolff at its helm – because F1 requires someone with insider knowledge of how things operate.

“I’ve been a bit conflicted the last few days after Sunday night,” said Hamilton ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. “I haven’t spoken to Toto or to Jean [Todt] but I’ve got a great relationship with Jean. When we did this meeting at the FIA he was so welcoming to us as drivers, to the GPDA and really took on board. I think he’s done such a great job since he’s been in position.

“I’m sure someone else will need to take that role and I was thinking after the race, the best person I know for managing a business, I don’t know anybody else better than Toto. So I felt a bit conflicted because I made a comment but I don’t feel like I probably got out exactly what I was meaning.

“Over these past couple of days I was thinking to myself, you know, bringing someone in that doesn’t know much about Formula 1 is not necessarily the right decision and if you look at people like Toto for example, he’s been in two different teams, he’s also been in a different business before. 

"If you could see how this company is managed from the top down I don’t know how he does it. I could never do his job and it’s a good thing he could never do my job as well!”

Read Also:

Hamilton says that having worked for Wolff for many years, he has been impressed by the Austrian's management skills and the way he is able to get the most out of his staff.

“I’m fascinated by how people manage businesses and how you find people, people management, putting people in the right position,” he added. “I don’t know anyone else that is able to do as good a job as him in that respect.

“I obviously know people from outside in different businesses, but even those I don’t think do as good a job as him. But that’s because I’m within the organisation and I see it first-hand.

"I think Toto could do a pretty special job. Would it be better? I do believe it would be better, but that’s just from the experience of working in this organisation and seeing it improve drastically since I’ve been in the team.”

Why F1 must listen to Lewis Hamilton

Previous article

Why F1 must listen to Lewis Hamilton

Next article

Insight: Reasons behind bid for mid-season F1 tyre spec change

Insight: Reasons behind bid for mid-season F1 tyre spec change
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Mercedes
Author Jonathan Noble
The pros and cons of F1's 2021 rule changes Prime

The pros and cons of F1's 2021 rule changes

In the strategy for grand prix racing's future, 2021 represents a significant step towards the goal of closer racing and a more level playing field. That's the theory behind the latest raft of changes, but will they have the desired effect?

What Red Bull is trying to hide with its RB16B launch Prime

What Red Bull is trying to hide with its RB16B launch

Red Bull made no secret of the fact its 2021 F1 car is an evolution of its predecessor, but in keeping the same foundations while hiding some tightly-guarded updates with its RB16B, the team aims to avoid suffering the same pitfalls of previous years

Formula 1
Feb 23, 2021
How Albon plans to fight his way out of Red Bull limbo Prime

How Albon plans to fight his way out of Red Bull limbo

Alex Albon has faced the media for the first time since he lost his Red Bull drive at the end of 2020 and dropped out of a Formula 1 race seat altogether. He has a history of bouncing back from setbacks, so here's what he must do to rise again

Formula 1
Feb 23, 2021
Ranked! Carlin's greatest F1 graduates Prime

Ranked! Carlin's greatest F1 graduates

Carlin has helped guide enough drivers to Formula 1 to fill out an entire grid, plus a handful of reserves, to create a remarkable alumni list. With Yuki Tsunoda set to join that group, Motorsport.com has ranked its graduates to grace the grand prix scene...

Formula 1
Feb 22, 2021
Why Alfa's 2021 launch says more about its 2022 plans Prime

Why Alfa's 2021 launch says more about its 2022 plans

Alfa Romeo launched its C41 with a revised front nose, but there's little to suggest it will surge up the leaderboard in 2021. As the team frankly admits, it's putting its eggs in the basket labelled 2022 and hoping to hold the eighth place it earned last year

Formula 1
Feb 22, 2021
Why Gasly’s AlphaTauri haven is a blessing and a curse Prime

Why Gasly’s AlphaTauri haven is a blessing and a curse

Red Bull opted not to re-sign Pierre Gasly even before it decided to drop Alex Albon and so the Frenchman's Formula 1 journey will continue at AlphaTauri. This has positive and negative connotations for one of last season's star performers.

Formula 1
Feb 20, 2021
Eight things Red Bull must do to beat Mercedes in 2021 Prime

Eight things Red Bull must do to beat Mercedes in 2021

After seven years of defeat at the hands of Mercedes, Red Bull is as hungry as ever to secure a fifth world championship. But there are key challenges it must overcome in 2021 to switch from challenger to conqueror

Formula 1
Feb 19, 2021
How AlphaTauri has adapted to F1's new rules Prime

How AlphaTauri has adapted to F1's new rules

AlphaTauri launched its AT02, complete with a new livery, as it bids to home in on an already-tight midfield battle. Although there were few outright new parts displayed on the launch render, there might be a few clues into further changes down the line…

Formula 1
Feb 19, 2021