Negotiations with Hamilton will begin after the start of the seasonJune 4, 2020
Lewis Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires at the end of the year. Head of the champion team Toto Wolff said that negotiations on the extension of the agreement with the six-time world champion will begin after the start of the season.
“We did not see each other during quarantine, because we were in different parts of the world, but constantly maintained contact,” said Toto Wolff at a press conference. – We did not start work on the contract, but there is great trust between us. We have been cooperating for many years, and in fact we never had to work on a contract and read what was written in it, since everything happened naturally.
When the season begins, we will take the time to draw up a contract, evaluate the terms, numbers and conditions. I hope we will come to an agreement fairly quickly. ”
Toto commented on Lewis’s reaction to events in the United States caused by the death of George Floyd: “We know that Lewis always supports any minorities. Honestly, I learned a lot from him.
Once he asked me a question: “Have you ever thought that you are white?” I replied: “No, I did not think about it at all.” And Lewis continued: “I have to think about racing all the time, because I live by them.”
I think it’s very difficult for us to understand how difficult this is, and I am glad that Lewis speaks openly on these topics. He is one of the ambassadors of our sport, and I believe that he is doing the right thing. ”
Toto commented on the rumors about his possible departure from Mercedes to Aston Martin at the end of the year: “I bought several shares of Aston Martin, but this is a financial investment. My executive functions at Mercedes have not changed.
I am the leader and shareholder of the team. It seems obvious to me that in the absence of news, Aston Martin was noticed. I plan to continue to work with Mercedes – nothing has changed in this regard.
I do not want to be the person under whose leadership the team will go from great to just good. I feel that I can still do a lot and, of course, think about my future. I am negotiating with Ola [Kollenius, chairman of the board of directors of Daimler AG], but this is not a regular work contract, since it also includes issues of team ownership. We are in the process of shaping our joint future, and that is why I do not want to adhere to strict formulations – the team leader or managing director. It does not matter.
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