Lewis Hamilton has dominated Formula 1 over the last years. Despite, the five-time world champion has faced an harsh criticism due to his unconventional life-style as a Formula 1 driver. The British has been recently subject to scrutiny after missing interviews with media on Thursday before the French Grand Prix, to attend the Paris Fashion Week.
Nevertheless, Toto Wolff, claimed that Hamilton, instead, is not rewarded as much as it should be. Wolff enlightened how the British driver is not only the greatest driver on the planet but probably the best Formula 1 champions that has ever existed.
"In general in the United Kingdom, Lewis is not recognized how he should be recognized.
"One day he's going to stop his career, with multiple records, and people will say 'he was the greatest driver on the planet and we were witnesses of that journey, and wasn't he an interesting personality with all the things he did?'.
"But for whatever reason there is this idea of hitting out, which maybe it provides the better headline, maybe it sells more newspapers, or gives more clicks.
"I don't think it recognizes the opportunity that we are part of, to see maybe the best driver that has ever existed on an exceptional journey."
Toto Wolff, concluded pointing out how the Hamilton’s interest for the fashion industry does not influence his performances. The Mercedes boss added that in order to extract the best potential from individuals, it is necessary to not put constraints on what they do.
“Many years ago we decided - in order to extract all the potential that is in the individuals in this team, not only the drivers - to try to understand how all the individuals focus best," Wolff said.
"It's about respecting how we can have the best possible individual in his position," Wolff continued .
"This is why you have to spend time and develop empathy for the individual himself.
"One of the things that doesn't function for Lewis is to apply a corset around him.
"He functions best when you give him the freedom to follow his passion."