Wolff Offers Latest F1 Contract Update on Mercedes Trio Hamilton-Bottas-Russell
The Mercedes seat is the most talked about on the F1 paddock currently. As both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. Furthermore, George Russell, who is part of the team’s young drivers program is also one of the suitors for getting the seat.
Team principal. Toto Wolff has given some indication of the situation and is well aware of the decision he will soon have to make. However, he is confident that Hamilton will be with the team for next season as well.
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Speaking to ESPN, about Hamilton who did state his desire to stay in F1, Wolff said, “Yes, that is the case. Our relationship between the team and him feels so natural today, through highs and lows. I cannot imagine us and him going in separate directions next year.”
“It was a one-year deal because we didn’t get to spend enough time with each other [negotiating further]. But that is what we are doing now, we are spending time with each other privately and obviously here [at the race track] in a business environment.”
Speaking about Bottas‘s future, Wolff replied, “I can 100 percent rule it out. There is no decision that has been made, not even conversations that have been had. His future is in his hands it only comes down to his driving.”
“We need a combination of the two best drivers in the team and there is no doubt that we love Valtteri from a personality standpoint, what he adds to the team, and he needs to put in the performances that is what counts.”
“We have always been very transparent with him, and I think that is most important. Be transparent with your drivers. There is no hidden agenda.”
“The seat in the Mercedes [for 2022] is between Valtteri and George and it’s a decision that we need to take in the best interest of the team.”
And finally talking about Russell, Wolff said, “That also plays a role in our thinking. If we take a decision for one or another, we need to make sure it was the right decision for the team. Both still have great opportunities in their Formula One careers — we are not the only team they can go to and be successful.
“I get on very well with both and I enjoy from a professional and personal standpoint their company, very different characters, and they both deserve to be in a top car. But there are only two seats we have,” the Austrian boss concluded.
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The Silver Arrows must pay attention on this year’s title
Amidst the driver market rumors, the Brackley-based squad needs all hands on deck for this year’s championship. The team have lost their lead in the title to rivals, Red Bull after a string of poor performances, in Monaco, Baku, and France.
Now they must face their fiercest rivals in their own backyard at the Red Bull Ring in Austria for the upcoming weekend. Bottas and Hamilton must work together to close the thirty-seven-point gap to Red Bull in the coming races, so they can give their team, the eighth title in the sport.
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