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.