Talking the day after Hamilton’s shock move to Ferrari for 2025 was announced, Wolff stated he has no considerations about doubtlessly having to dam the movement of data on future growth to Hamilton, suggesting that it’s too early to make a name on how that course of would possibly work.
Logic means that Hamilton will henceforth be frozen out of any discussions on 2026, when the brand new F1 laws are available in.
Nevertheless, inevitably there will probably be a crossover between growth work undertaken to enhance this yr’s W15 and the design course of for subsequent yr’s W16 that Hamilton is not going to race.
“I believe what I’ve all the time tried to do as a group principal, and all of us at Mercedes, is to be clear, and honest,” stated Wolff. “And nothing’s going to vary in that respect in 2024.
“We owe it to our ideas and our racing intent, how we go about, and we are going to respect that. And I’ll make certain that the drivers will respect it.
“By way of the event going ahead, I believe that is one thing which we have to take a look at. The laws keep just about the identical. And in the case of 2025, we are going to consider later within the season what it means by way of technical info, however that is not one thing that bothers me in any respect.
“We now have engineers that depart us and go to different groups and the discover durations are generally as quick as six months.
“So I haven’t got any doubt in Lewis’ integrity, by way of sharing info. And in that respect, we wish to make it possible for it is a profitable season for each drivers, and a profitable season for Mercedes, and all of us will give our utmost to realize that.”
Toto Wolff, Workforce Principal and CEO, Mercedes-AMG, with Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG
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Wolff advised that he’ll take pleasure in the additional problem related to juggling the movement of data to a driver who’s leaving the group.
“Undoubtedly a brand new state of affairs to handle, for followers of the group,” he stated.
“However it’s one thing that once you concentrate on the actually quick time period, and that is the racing group that is being deployed to run the product, that does not have a huge impact on all the pieces that is occurring going ahead on the event facet.
“I am all the time concerned with new and difficult conditions, and balancing 2024 Mercedes pursuits versus 2025 driver pursuits is one thing that we are going to overtly focus on in the beginning, tips on how to handle that, and for positive come to a superb consequence between us.”
Wolff insisted that the approaching season has precedence over any ideas about filling Hamilton’s seat in 2025.
“First our major focus is on the 2024 season now,” he stated. “We have two glorious drivers. We now have Lewis in his last yr at Mercedes, and George keen to return within the automotive and carry out.
“We have to put a automotive on the observe that has extra tempo than final yr’s automotive, and we all know how tough it is going to be to compete not solely with Crimson Bull, however probably the opposite ones.
“[With] all of the Lewis dialogue, one thing that has not been talked sufficient is George. George has the potential to be the following lead driver within the group.
“He is of the technology of Lando [Norris] and [Charles] Leclerc and a few of the others. I could not want for a [better] new group chief when Lewis leaves. Little doubt about that.
“We have such a stable basis, such a fast and gifted and clever man in a automotive that we simply must take the best alternative for the second driver, the second seat.”