Critics of Lewis Hamilton's lifestyle now proved wrong - Toto Wolff

Lewis Hamilton's Singapore Grand Prix win should end any suggestion that his lifestyle away from the track could affect his Formula 1 performances, reckons Mercedes boss Toto Wolff

Critics of Lewis Hamilton's lifestyle now proved wrong - Toto Wolff

Between the Italian and Singapore GPs Hamilton had a busy travel schedule that some suggested was unnecessarily punishing, especially given the run of flyaway F1 races that is coming up, headlined by work with fashion brand and Mercedes sponsor Tommy Hilfiger.

After Monza he travelled first to his home in Monaco before flying to the unveiling of his Hilfiger collection in Shanghai.

He then returned to Europe and attended a friend's wedding in Italy, before heading to another event in New York from where he travelled to Singapore.

Hamilton went on to take a dominant pole for the GP, despite Mercedes having been expected to struggle at the Marina Bay track, and a commanding race win that gives him a 40-point championship lead.

"It's six years I have heard 'how can you allow Lewis to get off and fly around the world?'," said Wolff.

"You know what? He did it to his most extreme in the last 10 days, he loved it, he was in Shanghai on the catwalk, he was in New York a couple of days later.

"He came here, rock and roll, and blew everybody away.

"Let's just be non-judgemental and allow everybody to judge how they perform best.

"He knows best what's good for him."

Hamilton said he had made clear to Wolff that F1 would always be his priority over his other interests, while thanking the team for allowing him to get involved in "life changing" and "really amazing" projects such as his Hilfiger partnership.

"I definitely feel my approach and the balance that I have in my life in general is really good," said Hamilton.

"I know some of you asked questions [about the travel schedule] at the beginning of the weekend. And you actually asked quite nicely rather than aggressively which you could have done, but I am glad you have seen this performance.

"I said to Toto: just don't for a second ever believe or let it creep into your mind that I don't want to win this championship more than anything. So that is my priority. You can see that from my time [in qualifying] and my drive. That won't change."

His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas agreed that criticism of Hamilton's lifestyle was misjudged.

"He also works hard. Many people might look sometimes from the outside and think he just goes and does whatever," said Bottas.

"But I know how many factory days we each have and the Skype meetings and so on, so it's not like he's not working between races.

"But of course he's very talented, it is his trait to be straight at it."

shares
comments
F1 to make improving app live timing a priority after complaints

Previous article

F1 to make improving app live timing a priority after complaints

Next article

Don't let loopholes ruin the 2021 F1 ambition

Don't let loopholes ruin the 2021 F1 ambition
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Susie Wolff
Author Adam Cooper
Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola Plus

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Plus

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent Plus

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent

While Japan's fever for motor racing is well-documented, the country has yet to produce a Formula 1 superstar – but that could be about to change, says BEN EDWARDS

Formula 1
Apr 15, 2021
Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration Plus

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration

For too long, F1's richest teams have justified being able to spend as much as they want because that's the way they've always conducted their business. STUART CODLING says that's no reason not to kick a bad habit

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Plus

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is not guaranteed

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return Plus

The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Plus

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021