Wolff: No problem with Hamilton’s jet-set lifestyle

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Mercedes AMG Petronas team boss Toto Wolff has no problem with Lewis Hamilton’s jet-set lifestyle in spite of the Briton’s downturn in form towards the end of the 2015 Formula 1 season.

After wrapping up his third F1 title in Austin, Texas at the end of October, Hamilton failed to win any of the last three races of the season and admitted that he felt “run down” due to non-stop partying and celebrating in the wake of his success.

Hamilton’s celebrity lifestyle has led many to question his attention and focus towards his racing commitments, but Wolff has no such concerns.

“You should not pigeonhole people and imagine the perfect racing driver who dutifully goes to bed at ten o’clock at night, who never attended a party, who is not flying around the world,” Wolff told Speed Week.

“Lewis does it all, but he drives better than ever. Our task is to provide the driver with an environment in which they feel comfortable and where they can give their best performance.”

Hamilton recently returned to training at his home in Colorado where he is spending the winter to prepare for the 2016 season and his bid for a fourth world title.

The Briton recently chose to look on the bright side of his late-season dip in form, claiming that it was a “blessing in disguise” as it gives him greater incentive to work over the off-season.

Hamilton’s championship defence will begin in Melbourne, Australia on March 20.

Supercross: Enzo Lopes will race with ClubMX in 2024

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Coming off his best Supercross season to date, Enzo Lopes has re-signed with Muc-Off / ClubMX Yamaha and will race for the team in 2024. The deal is for Supercross only.

Enzo Lopes won his heat race in Denver and finished fourth in the Main. – Feld Motor Sports

Lopes debuted in the Supercross series in 2019 on a Suzuki and scored his first top-10 finishes in his last two starts of that season. Showing consistent improvement, he earned six top-10s in eight Main events the following year and finished fifth in the 250 East standings. In 2022, he scored his first top-five at Daytona and finished in the top five in points again.

“I am happy to be returning to ClubMX for another season,” Lopes said in a press release. “It is like family to me there and that is very important. Although I had many options, staying where I am makes the most sense for many reasons. The bikes are great, the people are great, the tracks are amazing, and I am surrounded by people that care about me. We all want to win and together we will get there.”

While he improved his season-best performance by only one position this year, it was nevertheless a breakout season. Lopes barely missed the podium three times in 2023 with fourth-place finishes at San Diego, Seattle, and Denver.

His strong performance him rumored to be speaking with factory teams.

“We could see the growth from Enzo every time he gets on the bike,” said team owner Brandon Haas. “We all knew it was just a matter of time before he would be noticed by everyone, and we are proud of him on many levels. He had some heat race wins and qualified fastest at three events this season. It would be hard not to be noticed going that fast. He had a big decision to make and we are glad he chose to stay with us at ClubMX.”

Lopes had three podium finishes in heat races this year, including a win preceding his fourth-place finish in Denver.

Lopes will join Jeremy Martin, Phil Nicoletti and Garrett Marchbanks, who announced a two-year extension with the team in January, at the ClubMX team.