‘It’s a perfect match’: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff not worried about Lewis Hamilton’s contract renewal despite world champion’s deal running out at the end of 2020… but does admit ‘anything can happen’ in Formula One
- Lewis Hamilton won a record-breaking 92nd career race in Portugal last week
- The Briton is closing in on a seventh Formula One World Championship title
- Hamilton is out of contract at current team Mercedes at the end of the season
- Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he is not worried about Hamilton not extending
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is confident that Lewis Hamilton will sign a new contract next season but admitted that ‘anything can happen’ in Formula One.
The six-time Formula One Champion is closing on a seventh world title after breaking Michael Schumacher’s record for all-time F1 wins at last weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix.
Hamilton is out of contract at the end of the season and no talks have begun over a new deal but Wolff says there is no reason why the British F1 legend should leave Mercedes.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff (above) is confident that Lewis Hamilton will stay on his team
Hamilton is focused on a seventh Formula One world title after some impressive displays
Wolff told BBC Radio 4: ‘If an asteroid hits the world, anything can happen. But at the moment there is no reason he wouldn’t want to be in the quickest car and we want him in the car so it’s a perfect match.
‘Where we stand today is that everybody has the will to continue.’
Hamilton has spent virtually all of the 2020 Formula One campaign competing alongside Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the top of this season’s rankings.
The 35-year-old has eight Grand Prix wins to his name this season and has two more podium finishes which has created a 77-point lead at the top of the current table.
Hamilton won last week’s Portuguese Grand Prix to earn a record-breaking 92nd race win
Wolff admitted that face-to-face talks over Hamilton’s new contract have not begun yet due tot the coronavirus pandemic, with the Mercedes boss refusing to go and visit the Briton in his Monaco residence due to risk of spreading the virus.
The Austrian added: ‘The situation is very simple, and I know there are some conspiracy theories in F1, but with Lewis and I, we are living like hermits and our team is particularly disciplined.
‘We have another 11 cars for our staff, we are not allowing more than two people to have dinner together, the seven or eight system-relevant people are not allowed socialise with each other and the drivers are most exposed.
Wolff (left) has not met Hamilton (right) over a new contract due to the Covid-19 pandemic
‘I was in Monaco last week and we decided not to meet because the worst that could happen is that me dragging corona into our meeting.
‘So it simply wasn’t the time to sit down and meet. I hope we can finish the next couple of races on a high and then concentrate on the contract.’
Wolff also praised Hamilton for become more mature during his seven-year spell with Mercedes and his persistent ambition to become the world’s best driver.
Wolff praised Hamilton (above) for his maturity during their seven-year working relationship
Wolff claimed: ‘What is most impressive for me is his development out of the car. The Lewis Hamilton I met in 2013 when we both started at Mercedes is a totally different person from today.
‘He is permanently questioning himself, developing out of the car, his personality, his skills, and that is truly inspiring.
‘Every single day he wants to be better than the day before.’
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