Toto Wolff, the CEO of Mercedes, issued a severe warning to Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton currently holds a two-point lead in the Formula One Drivers’ Championship.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has sent a strong warning to Lewis Hamilton ahead of the final seven Formula One races of the season. After winning his 100th Grand Prix in Russia last month, Hamilton now leads the Drivers’ Championship by two points.
As the two continue to go toe-to-toe for the F1 title, Hamilton is embroiled in a furious duel with Max Verstappen.
In the spring, the Briton raced to the top of the list by winning three of the first four races.
However, Verstappen has won six of the last eleven races, and the rest of the season promises to be thrilling.
Last month, Verstappen and Hamilton crashed in Italy, ending both of their races prematurely.
Before Monza, the Dutchman had previously crashed out of the Silverstone Grand Prix, whereas Hamilton had finished every race.
And Wolff has informed Hamilton that between now and the conclusion of the season, he must finish every race.
“It’s always a tight line to walk between reliability and performance, and, as I’ve stated before, DNFing is certainly a no-go for the championship,” Wolff remarked.
“Neither we nor our competitors can afford a race weekend with no points.
“I don’t think any driver or team can be comfortable in the current position because there is no point differential, and I believe this will go on for a long time.”
“We’re just taking it one racing weekend at a time right now.”
If Hamilton wins the championship, he will equal Michael Schumacher’s record of eight titles.
The 36-year-old won his first Formula One championship in 2008, but it took him another six years to truly dominate the sport.
Hamilton has won seven of the last eight titles, including the last four. Verstappen, on the other hand, is F1’s new golden child and is attempting to dethrone the Mercedes driver.
In Monza, Hamilton had a lucky escape when the Red Bull vehicle collided with the Mercedes.
The halo cockpit safety mechanism stopped a serious collision, but the implications may have been fatal if it hadn’t been used.
After the crash, Hamilton stated, “It’s a great shock.” “I’ve been racing for a long time, and we’re taking chances,” says Brinkwire.