Lewis Hamilton nearly ‘puked’ at Toto Wolff’s Mercedes suggestion
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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has revealed one of his suggestions nearly made Lewis Hamilton puke.
Hamilton and Wolff have worked together at Mercedes since the Brit’s move from Mclaren back in 2013.
Under the guidance of Wolff. Mercedes won seven consecutive Formula 1 titles between 2014 and 2020.
Whilst Hamilton won six F1 world championships during his time as a Mercedes driver.
Speaking in a recent interview on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs programme, Wolff recalled the time he made a suggestion that Hamilton strongly disagreed.
The Austrian said: “Many years ago I said to him, 'What would you think if we were to play AC/DC's Thunderstruck in the garage before going out with the cars, to have all the mechanics listen to this?'
“And he said, 'It would make me puke!’”
Wolff went on to compare his relationship with Hamilton to the relationship he has with his wife, Susie Wolff.
He said: “Lewis has become a friend and over years we've gone through difficult spells and very good moments.
“We celebrated many championships and we had discussions among ourselves which were not always easy. A key moment was at the end of 2016 where we didn't speak to each other for a while. So I invited him to come to my kitchen in Oxford and sit down and have a chat.”
Wolff continued: “The analogy I gave to him is that also I have arguments with Susie. Even if we shout at each other, even if we have this argument, there's never thought of divorcing, and that's why I said to him, 'I don't want to divorce you and neither do you. Because I want the best racing driver in our cars and you want to have the best cars.'
“So we came to the conclusion that we can have conflict, we can create an atmosphere where we're able to be brutally honest with each other, and sometimes we agree to disagree, but we move on.” }
F1 will return at the end of the month with the Dutch Grand Prix, which will take place in Zandvoort on 27 August.