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Hamilton, Wolff, Rosberg.

Toto Wolff has revealed the main factors behind Hamilton and Rosberg's awful relationship

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After missing out on the F1 World Championship last year, Lewis Hamilton set his sights on retaining the crown he won in 2008, 2014 and 2015.

But it did not look good for him just a month or two ago, with Sebastian Vettel taking the lead in the standings.

However, a poor run of form for the German, coinciding with Hamilton winning five of the last six races, has given the Englishman the initiative.

Going into the Mexican Grand Prix this weekend, Hamilton has built up an almost unassailable 66 point gap at the top of the F1 World Championship standings, and barring a major catastrophe, he looks set to secure his fourth World championship.

And Toto Wolff, Hamilton's boss at Mercedes, has claimed that the Englishman is well on course to be recognised as the greatest driver in Formula One history.

Wolff said: "Lewis is about to break all records that have been set in Formula One, and it is just a matter of time that people will say he is on track to being the best driver that has ever existed.

"This is the best Lewis — both on and off the track — that I have worked with since 2013."

Following his victory at the Austin GP last weekend, Hamilton attributed his team's season to the retirement of Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg and Hamilton were once good friends, but after becoming teammates at Mercedes, a number of run-ins both on and off the track caused a toxic atmosphere that severely damaged their friendship.


And Wolff has given his insight as to why the two did not get on, with the Austrian claiming there were three major reasons why their friendship fell apart.

When asked about Hamilton's hostile relationship with Rosberg, Wolff said: "There is a certain regret that we could not make it less controversial - but it is down to the dynamics between the drivers and the personalities and maybe things we are not aware of.

"It was certainly a factor that they were both on the same level and competing for the world championship, but it was more a factor that there was also too much baggage from the past."

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