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Why Wolff has been 'amazed' by Hamilton ahead of 2023

Lewis Hamilton will enter into his 11th season as a Mercedes driver in 2023, and the seven-time World Champion continues to impress team boss Toto Wolff with his attitude each year.

Toto Wolff admits he has been "amazed" by Lewis Hamilton's approach ahead of his 11th season as a Mercedes F1 driver. The seven-time World Champion will compete in his 17th campaign in the sport in 2023 and, at 38 years old, is now the second oldest driver on the grid behind Fernando Alonso. While Hamilton was unable to battle for the title in 2022, this does not appear to have dented his enthusiasm, with Wolff impressed by the Briton's continued professionalism and determination. "I've been amazed, because he's been in the team now for 10 years," Wolff told media, including RacingNews365.com , during pre-season testing in Bahrain. "And every year he just comes back more mature, more professional, more understanding of what's good for him. "He's in high spirits, and certainly super determined."

Wolff hopes to provide Hamilton with car to win

When asked if he is confident that Hamilton can still win an eighth World Championship with Mercedes, Wolff reiterated that the team hope to be able to provide him with a car capable of taking victories. "Clearly you need to provide a good car for a driver that has the ambition to win races and championships," the team boss explained. "That's core to our activity – we want to win." There were mixed fortunes for the team during the three days of pre-season testing in Bahrain, with Hamilton acknowledging that the Silver Arrows had faced a couple of "difficult days" . Mercedes and the rest of the field will soon know where they stand when the 2023 Formula 1 season kicks off in Bahrain on 3-5 March.

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