Lewis Hamilton’s contract remains the main topic for discussion during this year’s winter break. Extension of the silly season over the new year is something we haven’t had a chance to see in the last few year. However, the negotiations do not seem to move on as a seven-time world champion demands the amounts the team is unwilling to give.

“The best men means the quickest driver and the most intelligent driver. He is the one that understands the dynamics of teamwork, its technical ability, and on the other side seeing himself in the right context within the organisation and not like a solar system where everything revolves around the sun,” explains the team boss of Mercedes in conversation with Motorsport.com, confirming that the team comes first.

“Equally, the organisation around the driver needs to be on its absolute A-game in order to deliver performance in the various areas. This means on the engineering side, on the commercial side, on the political side, and on the communication side, in order to keep the wheels rolling.” Wolff expects there to be an agreement between Mercedes and Hamilton, as the two parties need each other.

However, many fans have speculated of the possibility of the current world champion leaving the sport. But Wolff does not expect a Rosberg scenario: “It doesn’t worry me at all, because I will always respect Lewis’s decisions. Whether this is staying with us for a long time, or whether that means leaving the sport and pursuing different interests. I think we need to be ready for all kinds of curveballs being thrown at us,” concludes Wolff.

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Tim Kodermac


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