F1’s world champion driver and workforce making constructive progress on a brand new contract for past 2021; Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton by no means states a choice for a team-mate throughout talks
Final Up to date: 25/06/21 1:59pm
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says there are “no obstacles” in talks with Lewis Hamilton over a brand new contract for the seven-time world champion past this season.
Hamilton revealed on Thursday in Austria that he had began discussions to increase his nine-season keep at F1’s world champions, describing early talks with Wolff as “light-hearted”.
The Mercedes workforce principal sounded equally relaxed in regards to the state of affairs when talking a day later.
“Fairly laid again as a result of it is going nicely. We’re discussing,” Wolff instructed Sky Sports activities F1.
“There are not any obstacles. An settlement is one thing that takes a number of days longer. So good talks.”
Whereas Hamilton seems sure to remain on into 2022 and the primary yr of F1’s new technical period of automobile guidelines, Mercedes may have a option to make about who companions him between Valtteri Bottas, the long-time incumbent, and protege George Russell.
Hamilton has given public backing to Bottas prior to now and, on Thursday, described the Finn as a “implausible team-mate” earlier than including: “I do not essentially see that it wants to alter.”
However Wolff mentioned that it isn’t in Hamilton’s nature throughout talks with the workforce to talk about who he thinks ought to be his team-mate.
“We’ve by no means mentioned preferences or not about line-ups,” mentioned the Mercedes boss.
“That’s by no means one thing that’s a part of his considering.”
In the meantime, requested if having an all-British line-up of Hamilton and Russell would current any advertising and marketing issues, Wolff mentioned: “Nationality has by no means performed a task.
“We’re a world firm, we’re world, and also you need to select the perfect drivers.”