Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has explained why the team adopt such a hands-off approach with Lewis Hamilton, insisting it is the best option to ensure the Brit drives to the best of his ability.
"The more you try to limit him - put him in a box - the more detrimental it will be for his performance," the Mercedes boss said, as per The Telegraph. "The old mentality of 'A racing driver has to be like this or like that' is invalid for Lewis."
Hamilton believes he has been better than ever in 2017 but has admitted he is focusing on other projects outside of Formula 1 too, travelling more than ever in the process, and received intense media scrutiny after missing a London Live event earlier this season.
However, Hamilton has still been doing his talking on the track, producing a dominant British GP victory and four wins in five races - confirmation for Wolff that Mercedes are doing the right thing by granting him free rein.
But the Briton is clearly thriving under the current plan Mercedes have set for him and currently sits 34 points clear of Sebastian Vettel in the standings with five GPs remaining in 2017.
"Lewis is a very talented racing driver - probably the best [in the sport] at this moment in time," Wolff continued.
“You have to accept that all of us pretty much know what’s good and bad for us and then leave him to adjust his life accordingly so that he performs best and we perform best."
Hamilton has produced some of his best driving for Mercedes since leaving McLaren in 2012. He has won two titles with the German team, in 2014 and 2015, while finishing second to teammate Nico Rosberg in 2016, who subsequently retired after winning his maiden championship.
He is now chasing his third world title with Mercedes and his fourth overall, after winning his first with McLaren in 2008, which made him the youngest World Champion in F1 history.
Much of this can be attributed to Mercedes' free reign policy with the Brit. By not restricting Hamilton, they have allowed him to thrive and do what he does best, winning races.
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