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Toto Wolff’s Forceful Response to Lewis Hamilton Rumors at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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In a recent turn of events at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Toto Wolff, the team principal of Mercedes, has taken a bold stance in response to the ongoing rumors swirling around Lewis Hamilton. Wolff wasted no time in dismissing these claims, attributing them to a mere ploy for media attention orchestrated by Christian Horner, the team principal of Red Bull Racing.

During the intense atmosphere of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, did not mince words as he openly criticized Christian Horner, who holds a similar position at Red Bull Racing, for his recent remarks regarding Lewis Hamilton’s involvement in contractual matters.

Amidst this backdrop of controversy, Mercedes finds itself fully immersed in the challenge posed by Ferrari in the World Championship. The second free practice session saw George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finish in the sixth and eighth positions, respectively. This outcome has only heightened the pressure on the team to make the most of any available performance advantage, especially in light of the potential grid penalty looming over Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz due to his crash in FP2. This situation presents a critical opportunity for Mercedes to maintain their lead in the constructors’ championship.

During the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, openly chastised Christian Horner, the team principal of Red Bull Racing, for his recent remarks concerning Lewis Hamilton’s role in contractual matters.

“I believe Anthony [Hamilton] isn’t involved since 2010,” Wolff told Sky’s German outlet, addressing the rumours about Lewis Hamilton’s father, Anthony Hamilton, and his involvement in his son’s contractual affairs.

Wolff voiced his skepticism regarding the timing and motive behind these rumors:

“You also wonder why such a story comes up in the last race,” he remarked, highlighting the odd timing of these allegations.

Wolff didn’t hesitate to pinpoint who he believed was behind these comments, raising questions about Horner’s motives.

“I don’t think it’s Helmut, he’s serious and at the end of the day he makes the decision about the drivers, but I think the other one [ed. Horner] wanted a bit of media attention by mentioning Lewis’ name,” Wolff stated.

Despite the frustration, Wolff expressed his determination to move beyond the issue:

“If that’s what he needs, then let him do it,” he said.

Despite the off-track drama and the media spotlight on contractual issues, Mercedes’ unwavering focus remains firmly on the racetrack. The team is determined to secure a strong finish in the World Championship, demonstrating their commitment to excellence in the sport.

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