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Wolff on team orders for Abu Dhabi: Lewis doesn't need prioritisation

With just one race left in the season, Toto Wolff insists that Lewis Hamilton will not be depending on team orders to secure a first victory of 2022.

Lewis Hamilton has just one more race to ensure that his record of winning in every season he has participated in is kept. Mercedes' recent form looks threatening for the final race in Abu Dhabi, with Carlos Sainz saying Ferrari is in 'defence mode' and that they have the pace to challenge for the win again. The team is also in the fight to finish second in the Constructors' Championship which, with 19 points between them and Ferrari, could be overturned with a strong performance in Abu Dhabi. But with Hamilton's record on the line, Wolff says the team will not prioritise the seven-time World Champion should the opportunity arise to swap the cars. "Lewis doesn't need any prioritisation and it's not what he ever would want," said Wolff to media, including RacingNews365.com . "This race record of winning a race in every single season is less of a priority for him."

Wolff: Hamilton focused on getting back to championship contention

With Hamilton sitting fifth in this season's Drivers' Championship, this will very likely be his lowest finishing season since the 2009 season, when he finished P5 for McLaren. Wolff says the Briton is focussed on ensuring the car is back to winning regularly for next year, when the team can hopefully get back to challenging for the championship. He explained: "It's more that we're getting the car back to where it can be, and we are racing for more race victories next year and hopefully for championship."

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