Wolff says Hamilton contract deadline ‘before Bahrain’

Toto Wolff has set an eleventh-hour deadline for the conclusion of contract negotiations with Lewis Hamilton.

Dr Helmut Marko is regarding the obviously troubled negotiations as a potential boost for Red Bull, telling RTL that he hopes the “unrest works in our favour”.

“The lawyers are hard at work,” Mercedes boss Wolff told ORF’s Sport am Sonntag program.

He was speaking from Kitzbuhel, where he spent the last ten days in quarantine after testing positive for covid-19.

“No symptoms, thankfully,” said the Austrian. “We’re out of quarantine now.”

As for the Hamilton talks, Wolff is setting a worryingly late deadline for their conclusion.

“We have to sign something at some point before Bahrain at the latest,” he said.

Wolff insists that he is not making any serious threats in the negotiations, amid rumours George Russell is the obvious favourite to step in.

“In our long-term partnership it is never about any threatening gestures. I did threaten him that I am next in line for his seat,” he joked.

“We will pull out the pen at some point. We have such a solid basis in our relationship and we want to continue to have more successes in the future.”

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Cal
Cal
2 months ago

Any other driver would have been shown the door by this point, as it’s important for a team to have solid foundations WELL BEFORE the start of a new season.

This is a very silly situation and there is so much talent, which I believe could jump into Lewis’s car, without any major headaches in the long run – and far less money being wasted. Nothing like a driver “almost” creating a ransom scenario towards a team. What is that old saying “nobody is bigger than the team”

Sorry, but that’s how I feel.

All the best.

Julzy
Julzy
2 months ago
Reply to  Cal

Do you know what Lewis brings to the team in terms of sponsorship, to mercedes in terms of advertising, with the new rules coming in next year its not a guarantee that mercedes will be ahead of the pack, and Mercedes knows how valuable Lewis will, be in developing the car for next year,and he is a driver who can get an extra tenth a lap from nowhere, do not let your hatred blind you,

Alex Albuquerque
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Alex Albuquerque
2 months ago
Reply to  Cal

There is no way of knowing why the negotiations are delayed – could be for a million reasons. It doesn’t look good but it also doesnt look bad. Its up to the story you imagine I suppose.

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