Toto Wolff Believes Hamilton Can Win F1 World Title in 2024
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has expressed confidence that Lewis Hamilton can secure the Formula 1 Drivers Championship in 2024. However, he emphasized that the team needs to "get its act together" to achieve this goal. Mercedes finished second in the Constructors' Championship this season, trailing behind Red Bull by a significant margin.
Mercedes Seeks to Build a More Competitive Car
Following their fall from grace after winning eight consecutive constructors' titles, Mercedes aims to bounce back stronger next season. George Russell's podium finish in Abu Dhabi secured second place for the team, but Wolff acknowledges the need for a more competitive car to challenge Red Bull's dominance.
Realistic Expectations for the New Season
Wolff acknowledged the challenges ahead, stating that the new season brings both opportunities and risks. While Mercedes aims for the stars, they finished second this season against a team that outperformed everyone else. The Mercedes boss believes in a meritocracy, where the best driver and car combination will prevail.
Giving Hamilton a Worthy Car to Beat Verstappen
Wolff emphasized that it is crucial for the team to provide Hamilton with a car capable of challenging Max Verstappen next year. He expressed confidence that if the team delivers, Hamilton will be a strong contender for the world championship. Despite a winning drought for Hamilton, Wolff has no doubt about the Brit's ability to succeed when equipped with a top Formula 1 car.
Hamilton's Recent Performance
Hamilton experienced an unexpected dry spell, with his last Grand Prix victory dating back to December 2021 in Saudi Arabia. In the 2023 Drivers standings, he finished third with 234 points, a significant 341 points behind champion Max Verstappen.