Current world champions Mercedes will do everything in their power to allow Lewis Hamilton to return to drive the F1 W11 last weekend of the season, and Toto Wolff has revealed that they have also prepared a little surprise when it comes to the visual identity of the car.
Russell replaced Hamilton in the second race in Bahrain after the world champion received a positive result on COVID-19 on Monday, and Hamilton is in a hotel room in Bahrain in a 10-day self-isolation that expires on Thursday.
Hamilton wrote on social media on Monday and said a week of isolation with moderate symptoms was one of his more difficult experiences, but that he was feeling well and had returned to training. To return to Abu Dhabi Hamilton must receive four consecutive negative results and a special government permit as he arrived on time on Friday or Saturday, and the condition for a driver to perform is to perform at least one training session or qualifier.
Hulkenberg competed in the qualifiers and the race at the Nurburgring, although he did not drive in training, and Mercedes is ready to wait for Hamilton if he receives negative tests.
Wolf on Hamilton and a car
“We still don’t know who will be in the car this weekend, Lewis’ condition is improving, but we still can’t know if he will perform, ”Wolff said.
"We will do everything we can to get him back in the car and we know he is determined to get back as soon as possible." "But his health is our top priority, so we'll see what the situation is and make a decision."
Wolff also revealed that Mercedes is preparing a slightly different visual identity for their F1 W11 that will bear the names of all employees at Brackley (950+) and Brixworth (700+) and more than 1,650 people, respectively.
“We have a very special surprise this weekend in Abu Dhabi for our people,” Wolff said. "We will have a slightly different visual identity on Saturday and Sunday with the names of all the people on the car to pay tribute to the tremendous dedication and determination in Brixworth and Brackley."
"Everyone has worked so hard this year, raising the bar throughout the season and we hope that this gesture will show them in some way how much we appreciate them all." We will look forward to the new look of the Mercedes car and it will be interesting to see what changes have taken place. We have no doubt that it will surprise us because it seems that the Mercedes team has worked a lot