There’s no limit to Lewis inner drive, says team boss Wolff
second greatest driver of all time. Hamilton has at least one more year to run on his £40million-a-year Mercedes deal, and has already committed to remaining in the sport beyond next season.
“Lewis is still very motivated and you can see he wants to win every single race,” said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, who has overseen Hamilton’s dominance of the sport. “We need to provide him with a good car. There is no limit.”
Hamilton started from fifth on the grid, but came within just four laps of securing the championship in style following the combination of a fine start and a onestop strategy. Hamilton’s former team-mate Nico Rosberg was among those to congratulate him.
Rosberg abruptly retired after beating his Mercedes colleague to the title in 2016 – the only time in the last six years that Hamilton has not claimed the trophy.
Rosberg tweeted: “Karting together who would have thought that we’d both be F1 world champion one day. And you? You’ve achieved it for the sixth time – on your way to becoming the GOAT.” Fellow British world champion Jenson Button tweeted: “Congratulations Lewis Hamilton.
“The boy from Stevenage does it again.”
DJ Trevor Nelson called for Hamilton to become the latest British sporting star to be knighted. “Sir Andy Murray, Sir Mo Farah, Sir Nick Faldo, Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Henry Cooper, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Matthew Pinsent ... now Lewis Hamilton. What are they waiting for?”
Lewis Hamilton, right, and team principal Toto Wolff