Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said that Lewis Hamilton is in the “best place” he has been since joining the team four years ago.
Hamilton is heading into this weekend’s Azerbaijan GP just 12 points behind Sebastian Vettel after earning 13 points back with a runaway win in Canada.
The win in Canada came just two weeks after a difficult Monaco GP where he finished seventh and Wolff says that he has been impressed with the way that Hamilton is handling the title fight between Mercedes and Ferrari.
“Lewis is in the best place I have seen him during any of the last five years since he joined the team,” said Wolff.
“Not only because he had a great weekend in Montreal – but because he is coping so well with the difficult days. This is what the very best are made of. When the fight gets tough, they get over it quickly and maximise their opportunities.”
Furthermore, recently Wolff said that he now believes that there is a good chance that Hamilton would be willing to extend his contract with Mercedes, “there is such a solid basis that I can imagine it going on forever”.
Earlier this season Hamilton said that the arrival of Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes has resulted in a “better working relationship” that with any of his previous F1 teammates.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) June 12, 2017
Following their first one-two race finish of the season in Canada, Wolff said that Mercedes are now aiming to keep the momentum going in Baku.
While Ferrari’s car has been more consistent in the season’s first seven races, Mercedes are still leading the Constructors’ Championship and Wolff said that he thinks their car “is the fastest on the grid”.
“In this season, where it’s so close, you need to take it one race at a time and try to have the best package at each race – chassis, power unit, and drivers. This is how we are approaching it and that’s the only way.”