Wolff: Lewis and I will agree on a contract extension

According to Toto Wolff, Mercedes are preparing to once again extend the contract with Lewis Hamilton, and the seven-time world champion himself believes that he will be able to compete in Formula 1 for another five years.

Hamilton’s deal with Mercedes expires at the end of 2023, when he will be on the verge of his 39th birthday. At one time, Lewis hinted that he was unlikely to continue racing when he was in his forties, but this year he said that the work he does still gives him pleasure and that “there is still a lot of fuel in the tank.”

In an interview with the British TV channel Channel 4, the head of the Mercedes team suggested that signing a new contract with Hamilton is only a matter of time.

“The advantage is that we communicate a lot. Just last week we had a conversation and Lewis asked: “Look, I feel like I can perform for another five years – how do you look at it?” – said Wolff, who lives in Monaco next door to Hamilton. “It’s just that during our time together we have matured and we can talk to each other quite openly.

The day will come when Lewis will be the first to say: “Enough, I can’t take it anymore.” Reactions may not be as fast anymore, racing will no longer be fun, and a new generation of very fast guys is growing up.

Therefore, I have no doubt that we will always be very open about everything related to the future, and agree on a contract extension, so that it will happen.

I don’t know, maybe 40 years old is an age that is no longer suitable for such a profession as a racer. But if you look at Fernando Alonso, who is 41 years old, he still shows excellent speed. You can put the question this way: is he still the same Fernando as he was at 25? I don’t know, but he still performs at a very high level.

I think that Lewis can still perform for a long time, given the lifestyle he leads, completely devoting himself to Formula 1. And all his other activities are nothing more than a hobby.

Toto Wolff specifically emphasized that he was impressed by the approach that George Russell demonstrates, and suggested that his cooperation with Mercedes would also be of a long-term nature: “George, having joined our team, showed himself from the best side. He’s a good man, he has a very conscientious attitude and is willing to work with Lewis. This year, both helped the team to intensively refine the car.

Of course, George hoped that together with Mercedes he would be able to win races and championships, but he came to the team at an unfortunate moment. In any case, he is progressing, and the time will come when he will win victories and fight for titles. I think he has all the necessary qualities for this. I feel it would be right if he stays with the team for a long time.”

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