Toto Wolff questions Lewis Hamilton’s future

“I really hope Lewis will keep racing because he is the greatest rider of all time,” he said. “As a runner his heart will say I have to keep going because he is at the top of his game. But we have to get over the pain that was caused to him on Sunday. He is a man with clear values.

Mercedes have won the constructors’ title for an unprecedented eighth consecutive year and Wolff has said technical director James Allison will be in Paris to collect the trophy on behalf of all staff.

Lewis Hamilton congratulates Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi.Credit:Getty

“I won’t be there because of my loyalty to Lewis and because of my own personal integrity,” he said.

Wolff was convinced Mercedes could have won a legal battle, but there was “a difference between the law and obtaining justice.”

He said every decision was made with Hamilton.

“It was extremely difficult for him and for us as a team to withdraw the appeal because we were wronged,” he added. “My soul and my heart cry with all their bones that it should have been judged in the right way.”

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Wolff said there had been no contact with Michael Masi, the Australian race director who made the safety car decision, since Sunday.

“I’m not interested in having a conversation with Michael Masi,” he said.

“The decisions that were made in the last four minutes of this race deprived Lewis Hamilton of a deserved world championship. He won the start and never gave up the advantage again.

“Stealing him on the last lap of the race is unacceptable … my values, my sense of integrity, just are not compatible with the decisions that were made on Sunday.”

Reuters

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