Wolff fires back at Hamilton critics

18 October 2020 23:23:49 GMTPlus11

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has told rival F1 drivers who have criticised Lewis Hamilton that they should take a look at themselves.

Hamilton matched Michael Schumacher's record of 91 grands prix wins with his victory the Eifel GP at the Nurburgring last Sunday.

The Briton is on course to draw level with the German legend on seven world titles this season as he sits at the top of the standings on 230 points, 69 nine clear of closest rival and team-mate Valtreri Bottas.

Hamilton's success has, inevitably, led to discussions about where he ranks in the greatest driver of all-time debate and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has stated he feels Schumacher was the superior driver.

Hamilton's detractors have pointed out that the majority of his success has come at Mercedes, who have dominated Formula 1 since 2014 with vastly superior cars to their rivals, but Wolff feels using this as a reason to belittle his star man's accomplishments is unfair.

"Winning races and winning championships is always in this sport a team exercise, but you need to put yourself in a position that you end up in the best car," he said, as reported by Autosport.

"You can see lots of talented and skilled drivers took wrong decisions, or not well-advised decisions. In that respect, it was him who joined Mercedes in 2013, and it is him that sits in the car and is able to execute on track with a tool that we provide to him.

"But it's always a tool. We couldn't achieve the records that we have and he probably couldn't achieve the records without the right car, full stop.

"I don't want to allow these voices that say, 'well, he drives a Mercedes, it's obvious that he wins so many races'. The drivers that say that, they should analyse why they haven't found a way into a Mercedes."

The next race takes place in Portugal next weekend and Hamilton is 1.36 to claim the win, with Bottas priced at 5.50.

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