Toto Wolff doesn’t want a short-term deal for Lewis Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton recently said he might not be looking to sign a long-term deal with Mercedes. Toto Wolff wants to avoid that.

Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires at the end of 2020. Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff was asked about the possibility of Hamilton signing a one-year contract.

“We are in a new world and COVID really has changed the way we do business and the environment,” said the Austrian.

“[But] I think everything should be done this year. I don’t want to go into any other negotiation mid-year next year and drag it on again.

“We all need to be concentrated on our job, Lewis driving, me running this team and Ola [Kallenius, Daimler boss] turning the big wheel.”

In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Wolff assured everyone that all parties involved want to continue with each other.

“If an asteroid hits the world then anything can happen. But at the moment there’s no reason he wouldn’t want to be in the quickest car and we want him in the car so it’s a perfect match.

“We’re a good team, the two of us, but if I were to go, there’s a fantastic group of people in Brixworth and in Brackley and I think they would do pretty well without me.

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“And he needs to continue his career. If we can do it together, that would be wonderful.

“I hope we can finish the next couple of races on a high and then concentrate on the contract.”

The Austrian, whose deal with Mercedes also expires at the end of 2020, said on BBC radio 4 that the team is looking to settle all of the contracts by the ‘Christmas break’.

“Ola and I have stated it several times that we have decided to continue with each other.

“The contract negotiations are a bit more complicated because of the shareholding situation, but not in a bad way. It’s just a long process to get things right.

“We know we have a deadline until the end of the year when everything needs to be sorted out.

“None of us wants to go into the Christmas break without knowing,” concluded Wolff.

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