Wolff on Hamilton’s contract: “Everybody has the will to continue”

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Toto Wolff says both Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton want to continue their relationship, but “if an asteroid hits the world, anything can happen”.

Lewis Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires at the end of 2020. Although Hamilton has recently pondered his future, there is no doubt he will be on the grid next year.

Toto Wolff says the Briton’s new contract hasn’t been worked out yet, because the coronavirus safety measures and the F1 schedule are preventing them from meeting for discussions.

“If an asteroid hits the world, anything can happen,” the Austrian told BBC Radio 4 about the possibility of Hamilton not re-signing with Mercedes

“But at the moment there is 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.

“Where we stand today is that everybody has the will to continue,” Wolff continued.

“The situation is very simple, and I know there are some conspiracy theories in F1, but with Lewis and I, we are living like hermits and our team is particularly disciplined.

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“We have another 11 cars for our staff, we are not allowing more than two people to have dinner together, the seven or eight system-relevant people are not allowed socialise with each other and the drivers are most exposed.

“I was in Monaco last week and we decided not to meet because the worst that could happen is that me dragging corona into our meeting.

“So it simply wasn’t the time to sit down and meet. I hope we can finish the next couple of races on a high and then concentrate on the contract.”

Mercedes’ team boss also praised Lewis Hamilton’s development as a driver and as a person.

“What is most impressive for me is his development out of the car. The Lewis Hamilton I met in 2013 when we both started at Mercedes is a totally different person from today.

“He is permanently questioning himself, developing out of the car, his personality, his skills, and that is truly inspiring.

“Every single day he wants to be better than the day before,” concluded Wolff.

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