(Motorsport-Total.com) – Lewis Hamilton first has to win his seventh World Championship title in Formula 1 before his contract with the Mercedes racing team is extended. Team boss Toto Wolff explained this on the sidelines of the Grand Prix of Russia in Sochi and thus invalidated a report in the ‘Mail on Sunday’ that an agreement should already be imminent.
The report speaks of a possible 130 million euro deal. Formula 1 sports director Ross Brawn, before Wolff team boss at Mercedes, is quoted in it: “Mercedes is aiming for a new contract for three more years with Lewis.” Information that the team has clearly not confirmed because it never publicly comments on contractual matters.
In an interview with the German pay TV broadcaster ‘Sky’, Wolff replied to the question of whether it could theoretically happen that the contract would not be extended until after the season finale in Abu Dhabi over a cup of mulled wine in Hamilton’s mother’s house: “Can We have already done this in the past. “
“But I think it’s just about: We want to somehow get this championship dry and do a good job. This schedule of three races and a weekend break simply never allows us to put ourselves together properly.”
Hamilton’s first World Cup match point in Imola?
Admittedly, the Formula 1 calendar is already a little more relaxed after the three “triple headers” in July, August and September. There is a two-week break between Sochi and the Nürburgring as well as after that between the Nürburgring and Portimao and in November between Istanbul and the final “triple header” in the Middle East.
In purely mathematical terms, Hamilton can become world champion on November 1st in Imola at the earliest. If what Wolff says is correct, there will be no contract extension before that. As soon as the seventh title is in the towel, “it’s a little more relaxed. That will change the situation a lot. Because now our entire focus is simply on success.”
Basically, the initial situation has been that you just have to pull the old contract out of the drawer, make a few adjustments and sign it, but nothing has changed, Wolff has assured for weeks.
Which is why he smiles at Eddie Jordan’s suggestion that Hamilton should switch to Red Bull and show in a direct duel with Max Verstappen who is the best Formula 1 driver in the world. Even if he doesn’t ridicule Jordan’s statement like Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, whose first reaction was: “I was wondering what Eddie was drinking!”
Wolff: Don’t be afraid of a “black swan”
Wolff is there, confronted by ‘Motorsport-Total.com’ with Jordan’s statements, more cautious: “Never say never! I’ve seen crazier things in my life!” But: “I wouldn’t see why Lewis would want to leave Mercedes. He has a very strong personal bond with the Mercedes brand and with the team that he helped make.”
“At the moment we are making the best car. We have mutual trust in each other. And we still have successful times ahead of us. I believe that such a move would not be rationally understandable. But as I said: There are black swans,” says the 48- year old Austrians.
By the way: It is not correct that Wolff should not have spoken to his drivers about whether he will stay with Mercedes in the future and, if so, in which role. Both Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas recently indicated that. But: “Maybe they didn’t want to say it in the media,” Wolff dismisses.
“You know where my head is,” he explains, and that’s a good thing. “We’ve already talked about it a bit. I’ve always said it: my future is with Mercedes and with Mercedes.”