Toto Wolff on Hamilton contract negotiations, rules out Verstappen

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Ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix Toto Wolff gave comments on Lewis Hamilton’s contract negotiations and ruled out a Mercedes seat for Max Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires at the end of 2020, but according to team boss Toto Wolff there is currently no time for serious extension talks.

“With the schedule, we don’t have time to sit down with Lewis and have a chat, and it is the same for my own contract,” Wolff said.

“The teams barely have time to catch up after a race weekend due to the many double and triple headers that the 2020 season has seen.

“Things are happening in the background and are being negotiated, but it is not so simple because there is the shareholding and how we are continuing.

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“From the Daimler side and myself, we want to continue to work in the partnership we have, and for Lewis he wants to be in the quickest car.

“It seems obvious but we need to find the time to sit down and discuss it,” concludes the Austrian.

With Honda leaving Formula 1 and Red Bull, there are talks that Max Verstappen could be looking for a more competitive seat in the future. However, Wolff rules out Mercedes as his possible destination.

“Max is clearly committed to Red Bull and is loyal to the team,” the Austrian told

“I am very happy with my two drivers. If there is a generational change in the future, then George Russell and Esteban Ocon are in the starting blocks.”

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