Toto Wolff talks Mercedes’ driver line-up beyond 2021

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After signing a one-year contract extension with Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff explains how the team will approach its 2022 driver line-up.

Today Mercedes finally announced that Lewis Hamilton has signed on for another year with the team. Toto Wolff says both parties don’t want the negotiations to drag on until January again next year.

“It’s always tricky to find some time, whilst racing, but we have learned the lesson that there could be external factors that can delay discussions and we don’t want to end up in January again,” the Austrian explained after the new deal was announced.

“So probably we are going to pick up chatting about 2022 much earlier.

“We agreed jointly that we don’t want to drag it on as much or as long as we did this time around and we are going to try and find some time together during the season.”

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Wolff then went on to explain how the team will approach its 2022 line-up.

Valtteri [Bottas] and Lewis have our 100 per cent commitment and loyalty for 2021, we will support them with everything we have.

“We will then look beyond this year and say what is the line-up that we imagine in 2022 and onwards.

“Our first discussions are going to be with Valtteri and Lewis in respecting our values of loyalty and integrity.

“But on the other side the young drivers are the future, and therefore we need to consider how we want to set ourselves up for the years beyond,” concluded Wolff.

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