Toto Wolff on Hamilton’s contract extension: “It was always a formality”

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Toto Wolff comments on Mercedes’ contract extension with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell and adds the team’s “partnership with Lewis is one of the most successful in the sport’s history”.

Today, Mercedes announced Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will continue driving for the team until the end of 2025.

When the announcement was made, team boss Toto Wolff said the extension was never in doubt.

“Continuing with our current driver line-up was a straightforward decision,” the Austrian said.

“We have the strongest pairing on the grid and both drivers are playing a crucial role in the team to move us forward.

“The strength and stability they provide will be key building blocks for our future success.”

Toto then expressed how important Lewis is for Mercedes.

“Our partnership with Lewis is one of the most successful in the sport’s history.

“It was always a formality that we would continue together – and it’s energising for us all to be confirming that publicly.

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“His qualities as a pure racing driver are illustrated by his remarkable track record; but over our years together, he has grown to become a pillar and leader of our team.

“Those leadership qualities are crucial as we focus on fighting for world championships again.

“As F1’s biggest global star, he has also played a key role in shaping our commitments to diversity, inclusion and sustainability, that will be foundations for our success in the years ahead.”

He also praised George’s contributions to the team.

“George is a leading light of his generation. He has repaid the faith we showed in him when promoting him to a race seat in 2022.

“His maiden pole position in Hungary and first Grand Prix victory in São Paulo were standout moments last season.

“As a driver, he combines razor-sharp speed with the tenacity of a true fighter. But he brings, too, an intelligence and attention to detail that will help him to continue to grow, develop and improve further.

“He is a natural fit to the team and we are delighted to have extended the relationship for the coming years,” Wolff concluded.

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