Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is urging Lewis Hamilton to make a quick decision on the 2022 season after signing a one-year contract last month – as he insists Brit’s future with the team is’ the logical continuation of the story ‘.
- Lewis Hamilton signed a one-year deal with Mercedes out of doubt about the future
- Both sides differed on the terms, but boss Toto Wolff hopes for an extension
- He says Hamilton staying with Mercedes is the “logical continuation of the story.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff ‘hopes’ that Lewis Hamilton will stay with the team after this season.
The 36-year-old only agreed to a one-year deal last month and will become a free agent again next year.
Disagreement on important matters has clearly prevented a longer settlement from being reached, but both sides seem to have softened their stance here in Bahrain, providing encouragement that their partnership could last until 2022.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff (R) admits he ‘hopes’ Lewis Hamilton agrees to extend deal
Hamilton claimed on Thursday that he had no plans to quit racing, and when Wolff was asked if he thought Hamilton would stay with Mercedes, he said, ‘I hope so. The journey we have had together has been very successful.
“He has been a Mercedes driver since his karting years and has never driven a weekend in Formula 1 without a Mercedes engine, so it is the logical continuation of the story.”
But the situation remains clouded – and Wolff’s support remained silent – especially with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Williams’ rising star George Russell also in the race.
The Austrian said: ‘There are a lot of balls in the air and we always try to do the best for the team in the long term, while staying true to our current driver line-up. There will be discussions, but not until January this time.
‘We don’t want to leave until February to confirm our two drivers. Valtteri (Bottas) signed last summer, this is when it should happen. It allows the driver to concentrate on the job. ‘
Wolff said Hamilton had been on a ‘very successful’ journey with the team since 2013