Wolff: Hamilton on 'another level' since break
17 October 2017 – Lewis Hamilton has been "on another level" since Formula 1's summer break, according to his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.
Hamilton claimed four wins across the opening half of the campaign and entered the four-week break facing a 14-point deficit against Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.
However, Hamilton has taken four poles and four wins from the last five Grands Prix, enabling him to build a 59-point gap over Vettel, aided by the German's incidents and reliability troubles.
Wolff heaped praise on Hamilton, and also offered expressed confidence that Valtteri Bottas can capture stronger results, after a run of tricky events.
"Lewis has driven brilliantly this year – and since the summer break in particular, he has been on another level," said Wolff.
"It has been impressive to watch him extracting everything from the car and working with the team to solve problems and improve even further.
"Valtteri has had a tougher time in recent races – but he demonstrated his work ethic and character to deliver a strong weekend in Suzuka.
"He will be aiming to build on this performance in the final four rounds."
Wolff also lauded the manner in which Mercedes has functioned this year, with the team now on the brink of securing a fourth straight Constructors' crown.
"The team is operating at an incredibly high level in every area and continuing to develop," Wolff explained.
"We have applied an obsessive attention to detail to how we go racing over the past three seasons; and we have continued to develop our car at a competitive rate through the season.
"Our mindset has always been one of constant improvement, regardless of the results we were enjoying, and this is now paying off."