Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton’s 15-year record of Formula 1 victories will not take precedence this weekend in Abu Dhabi.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton has won at least one race in every season he has competed in F1, since his rookie season in 2007, but he is yet to finish on top of the podium in 2022.
This weekend’s season finale in Abu Dhabi, where Hamilton was denied a record eighth title in dramatic and controversial fashion last year, represents the 37-year-old’s last chance to maintain his record year-on-year.
If he pulls off the win at Yas Marina, he would be on his own for back-to-back seasons with a win; he currently ties Michael Schumacher’s streak from 1992 to 2006.
However, Mercedes boss Wolff insisted that Hamilton will not be given priority because of the record, adding that Hamilton himself admitted that the streak is not on his mind.
“I think Lewis doesn’t need any prioritization, and it’s not what he would want,” Wolff said.
“I think he mentioned before that this record of winning a race in each season is a lower priority for him.
“It’s more about us getting the car back to where it can be, and we’re in the running for more race wins next year and hopefully a championship.”
Hamilton has finished second in the last three races and secured nine podium finishes in the midst of a difficult season for Mercedes, but a win has yet to slip by.
However, the Mercedes driver said he “doesn’t really care about records in general” when asked about the issue in September.
“I’m not focused on the record but of course I’m trying to get that win this year. But the record is not important to me, just because I don’t really care about records in general.”