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Toto Wolff did something after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to rescue Lewis Hamilton relationship

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Following Nico Rosberg’s victory in the Drivers' Championship in Abu Dhabi, Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes revealed all during the chat between himself and executive director Toto Wolff.

The two shared their feelings in Wolff’s kitchen last year, and apparently, they both ironed out their issues.

The two main issues were the fact that Hamilton was frustrated with the ongoing rivalry with teammate Rosberg, who has since announced his retirement, and Wolff was unhappy about the lack of teamwork between the two in the Mercedes team, who often came to blows.

The talk between Hamilton and Wolff cleared the air so to speak, and the latter has revealed all about a chat he had with Hamilton following the Grand Prix in Dubai.

He said: “After a difficult moment in Abu Dhabi last year, we had a long evening in my kitchen.

“During the course of which we aired all the frustrations and issues that had grown over the years and got them out of the way.

“I think that we both felt a sense of relief, and that was when the relationship went to the next level.

"He went off into the winter break, and he came back with a great mindset.”

Lewis Hamilton has since improved massively in his driving, and after going from strength to strength this season, celebrated winning his fourth world title following the Mexico Grand Prix on Sunday.

And, since Rosberg’s retirement, Hamilton has been Wolff’s number one, and he can not speak highly enough of the Brit considering he is a four-time title holder.

“I’ve been working with him for five years now, and I’ve never seen him operate at such a high level. The raw pace is spectacular.”

Wolff went on to say: “He understands the tyres and the ability of the car which, at times, hasn’t been easy to drive. I haven’t seen such a sustained performance on that level before.”

It‘s no surprise Wolff is full of praise for his driver, seeing as Hamilton has recently joined the elite who have won the Drivers' Championship four or more times, sharing four titles with Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost, with only Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher ahead of them with five and seven titles respectively.

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Nico Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
Formula 1

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