Toto Wolff's Unexpected Response To Hamilton's 4th World Championship
Toto Wollf, Lewis just won another Drivers Championship and last week you won your fourth consecutive Constructors Championship you must have enjoyed today very much. "I hated every bit of the race!" Indeed, this is a proud day for... wait what???
That's right folks, one week removed from another Constructors Championship and days removed from Lewis Hamilton's third Drivers Championship in four years Toto Wollf "hated every bit of the race" that saw another Mercedes sweep of the Championships. Seems like a bit of an odd choice of words for someone who is leading the team that is dominating the sport. Feel like his reaction should have been it wasn't perfect but it doesn't matter, were the champs! So what on earth would possess the leader of the team to hate yet another championship clinching race?
"As expected, Max Verstappen knew that there was a lot at stake for Sebastian and Lewis. Sebastian knew that the only chance he had was to win the race, and suddenly Lewis found himself in the middle of the pack and then with an opportunity to dive into the lead of the race. " Wollf said refering to the lap one incident that left Hamilton with a puncture and little chance of winning the race.
"I need to look at it again. I think the situation, like I said before, was that suddenly Lewis found himself in a situation where he had the opportunity and Sebastian had a bit of a moment there and then crashed into Lewis and finished his race and finished Lewis' race." Wollf continued.
So the race did not start ideally, lucky for Mercedes Vettel also suffered damage which made it unlikely he would finish the required first or second he needed to keep his slim Championship hopes alive. Even though it was less than ideal, Mercedes was still in great shape to walk out of Mexico with Hamilton's fourth World Championship.
"I need to look at it again. I think the situation, like I said before, was that suddenly Lewis found himself in a situation where he had the opportunity and Sebastian had a bit of a moment there and then crashed into Lewis and finished his race and finished Lewis' race." Wollf said seemingly going out of his way not to stir up controversy. "Almost half of his left diffuser was ripped off. We lost a lot of performance and the car was badly damaged. "
Ok, so it seems like Toto was trying everything he could not to blame Seb for the accident. But that still doesn't explain why he hated the race. Even if Hamilton had decent pace with a damaged car, the goal was and always will be to win the championship. It would appear Wollf had other ideas. "I think in Lewis' case he would've won the race. Because our pace with a very damaged car was still good. He was not happy with how the car was driving, but pace-wise I don't know how far off he was from the fastest lap, half a second? So I think at least we would've been in the race for winning."
None of this really explains why someone would "hate" a race in which they secured yet another championship. Yes, it would have been nice to win with style by winning the race but you won both ultimate prizes in successive weeks. That joy should be more than enough to wipe out any ill feelings for not winning. Right? Or is Wollf such a competitive human that he doesn't want to simply win. He wants to crush his opponents so comprehensively they are left utterly devistated headed into the off-season. I have no idea, at the end of the day history will remember the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix as the race where Lewis Hamilton won his fourth World Championship.