MARTIN SAMUEL INTERVIEWS TOTO WOLFF: Mercedes chief on the battle for F1 supremacy, dealing with driver egos and his rivalry with Red Bull… as he insists, ‘if Lewis and Max are racing for the title, whoever’s in front will do a Senna-Prost!’

We discuss mental health these days and people see you are successful and think it must all be fine, but you want to say to them — me, too. ‘I think Lewis isn’t regarded as well here as he should be, but for many reasons,’ says Wolff, 49. ‘The people who say they could be world champions in Lewis’ car — well, why aren’t you in that car? There are examples, even now, people who went for the money rather than the car. ‘You couldn’t be a Formula 1 driver now and be unintelligent. And that can happen when a 750kg race car ends up on your head, even for a short while.

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