Toto Wolff on Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate preferences

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton is “absolutely neutral to whoever sits in the second car”.

On Saturday Mercedes announced Lewis Hamilton’s new two-year contract with Mercedes. The question now remains on who will be his team-mate.

“I think most important is that we have Lewis’ contract done, and in the next few races we have to assess what we will do with the second seat,” Toto Wolff told Channel 4.

“I’ve always had the greatest transparency with Valtteri [Bottas] and George [Russell] and I will do it the same this time around.”

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Hamilton has said on multiple occasions that Bottas has been his “best team-mate overall”, but Wolff insists the Briton does not get involved in Mercedes’ driver line-up decisions.

“No. Lewis is part of the team and we are discussing all that, in the same way I am discussing almost everything with Valtteri.

“I asked him ‘is it okay for you announcing [Hamilton’s new deal] and he was like ‘I don’t care’. So everything is out in the open.

“Lewis obviously really enjoys being with Valtteri, but equally he sees George coming up as an interesting candidate for the future.

“So he is absolutely neutral to whoever sits in the second car,” concluded the Austrian.

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