Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff and Valtteri Bottas on Sky Sports F1

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Sky Sports F1 interviewed Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Toto Wolff during the team’s 2020 car shakedown at Silverstone.

During the short talk Wolff touched upon the impending contract negotiations between Hamilton and Mercedes.

“The dynamic is very good, we have known each other for such a long time and have the greatest respect for each other,” said Wolff.

“A racing driver knows his value and we do, and on the other side Lewis is very aware about where we are as a team and as a motor company.

“So overall these discussions we don’t like them because we are friends and very close to each other on this current journey, but it’s part of the job.”

Hamilton also gave his comments on the issue.

“He [Wolff] is an incredible businessman so I learn a lot from this man,” said the Briton.

“I think it’s a real privilege firstly to be wanted to stay and be part of a great team, that’s a great feeling.

“So I hope I can continue to contribute to the team’s success.”

But the real star of the whole event was the debuting Mercedes W11, which Toto Wolff described as an “evolution” of its predecessor, the W10.

“It is an evolution, and not a revolution, but I think we optimised the whole package,” said the Austrian.

“Everything is a bit more neat. We tried to cure our weaknesses from last year.

“Cooling was a bit of an issue and I think what we see today is the outcome and I believe the car is definitely a step in the right direction.”

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