Mercedes chief Wolff will do 'everything that is needed' to see Hamilton win eighth world title
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff will do anything it takes to see Lewis Hamilton win his record-breaking eighth world title.
Wolff would go as far as pushing Hamilton "around the track" if it meant the 38-year-old clinching his eighth Formula One triumph.
That would see Hamilton surpass Michael Schumacher, with whom he shares the record of seven championships.
Hamilton and Mercedes endured a difficult campaign last year, however, as he suffered the first winless season of his F1 career.
Mercedes' 2023 season did not off to the greatest start on Saturday, with Hamilton qualifying seventh and his team-mate George Russell in sixth for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.
But Wolff is sure they will have more success than in 2022, and he will go to extremes to ensure Hamilton gets his eighth title at some stage.
"We're going to get his eighth. He has, compared to [Aston Martin's Fernando] Alonso, another four years in him as a minimum so we just need to get it done," Wolff told Sky Sports.
"Even if I have to push him around the track to win the eighth I am going to do everything that is needed."
Hamilton himself was confident he could close the gap on pole-sitter Max Verstappen in Sunday's season opener, and Wolff echoed the sentiment even if he conceded it was an ultimately disappointing qualifying session.
He added: "The gap is not ridiculous considering we only ran one tyre at the end but it is not where we want to be.
"We are continuing to develop the concept and thinking we could land it and fight for pole position and that wasn't the case today.
"That is the gap and this is what we need to find, or more, to win.
"We could have potentially overtaken Alonso [in fifth] with both cars but this is where we are. We are super critical with ourselves and what we need to achieve.
"We are looking at everything to get it right with the concept, should we have reacted earlier, all of that.
"Everybody in the engineering team thinks like that and we just need to get our act together."
It was a similar story for Russell, who said: "Our goal was to make sure we've got a car we can build upon and that there aren't any significant problems.
"We spent probably three-quarters of last year problem solving and now I feel we've got a car which is nice to drive.
"It generally feels like a good car, and now we can focus on adding downforce and performance which is what the team have done for so long.
"There are definitely signs to be positive, but we've got a lot to improve."