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Give Lewis Hamilton a break, urges Wolff

Lewis Hamilton deserves the right to enjoy his success in Formula 1 so long as he keeps delivering results on track, reckons Toto Wolff.
Toto Wolff has leapt to the defence of his under scrutiny driver Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes driver admitted 'heavy partying' played its part in a road collision in Monaco ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

The three-time world champion, who picked up the 2015 title last month in Austin, revealed on his social media that he had been involved in a minor collision and had been suffering with a fever, leading him to arrive in Brazil later than intended

Though he initially declined to comment on the incident, Hamilton later suggested 'heavy partying' between the Mexican and Brazilian races was a determining factor.

With Hamilton coming under fire for the admission, Mercedes team boss Wolff has nonetheless thrown his support behind the Englishman, in particular his 'character and lifestyle', which he says Mercedes considers to be an asset so long as he continues to deliver results on track.

“Formula One needs characters,” Wolff told The Sun. “Lewis is a rockstar racing driver and he does not only deliver in a car, he delivers for the brand in his life outside of the track. That life certainly creates controversy, but it also makes him a personality with edges. Just because many people out there judge that lifestyle to be detrimental to a racing drivers' career, it doesn't bother me at all because he delivers.

“If somebody is without fault. Very corporate. Very polished with no edges, his personality will not be as big and therefore not as good for the brand. If you have a great personality, there are going to be people who love you and those who hate you.”

Indeed, though Wolff accepts Hamilton can court controversy with his prominent social media presence, he feels this is unimportant when measured against his performances on track, adding that he deserves to enjoy his success.

“My main view is give the boy a break,” he continued. “You will cause controversy and this makes you. That is secondary for me. The primary objective is to deliver in the race car. This is why he is where he is.”

“He is the world champion. He has won races. It has been one of the most dominate seasons we have ever seen. He has done it all. Let him enjoy it. For me and the team, one thing is fundamental; that the drivers deliver the results.”



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dickiebird

November 14, 2015 4:55 PM
Last Edited 15 days ago

Looking at that picture, and being old school, I can't help despising this wannabe. He might have won 3 championships, but to anyone with any understanding of what F1 was all about in the years it meant something, he' a complete joke. Sorry, but Hamilton will always be the PC chump for me, and that means he's no champ at all. He's a perception champion. Good nite.

Taipan

November 14, 2015 8:28 PM

Give Lulu a break? Most of his carting career financed by McLaren and given a race winning or a title winning car every year of his F1 career - unlike any driver in history and he needs a break?? His whole life has been a break and he acts like a complete tit as a result. Poor little Lulu was tired from all his partying and couldn't handle his Zonda in a 30mph limit at 3.30am as a result, lets be grateful the irresponsible little tw@t only crashed into parked cars and not some innocent pedestrians.



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