‘Lewis is acting like a true world champion’
Mercedes team boss Wolff praises British driver’s attitude
Lewis Hamilton may have had an indifferent start to the Formula One season but Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes the British driver is handling the pressure like a “true champion”.
Team-mate Nico Rosberg is racing ahead in the drivers’ championship with three successive victories and 36-point lead ahead of Hamilton going into this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom. But despite the results Wolff has been impressed with Hamilton’s handling of the situation.
“We may have made a solid start - but at this stage it’s about collecting points without looking too much at the championship,” said Wolff. “We are just three races down with 18 still to go. I have no doubt that we will see a close fight on all fronts right up to the end of the season. Both drivers are a good place mentally. Nico is on great form but keeping his feet firmly on the ground. “Lewis would have every right to feel disheartened by his start - but he is calm and confident, handling adversity like a true champion.” Hamilton started from the back of the grid at the Chinese Grand Prix before finishing in seventh. He will look to turn his season around in Russia where he has won the two previous races.
“There was plenty going through my head after China, as you’d expect,” said the reigning world champion.
“But, after all these years, experience has taught me to stay calm and keep pushing forwards when I get knocked back.
“I’ve been here before a few times now. But adversity is part of the journey: it brings us closer, makes us stronger and I know that together we’ll bounce back, so I’m confident of better weekends to come.
“There are lots of positives to carry into the next battle. It’s Russia up next - a race that I’ve won on both occasions so far and a track that seems to suit me pretty well, so let’s see what we can do there.”