Wolff says Ferrari rumours were “placed” to impact Hamilton’s contract

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Toto Wolff says rumours that Ferrari has been preparing a contract offer for Lewis Hamilton were “placed” because “someone” wanted to “play a role” in Lewis’ contract talks.

Ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, there were a lot of rumours flying around, saying that Ferrari has been preparing a contract offer for Lewis Hamilton. This has since been denied by both Ferrari and Lewis himself.

When asked about the rumours, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said he believes they were placed on purpose.

“We’ve had a pact, and we’ve had that since many, many years ago, that we wouldn’t talk to any other driver before we have taken a decision to stay together or not,” the Austrian said.

“So I was never a millimetre in doubt that there were any discussions. Someone just placed that [rumour] maybe to, in a way, play a role in what seemed to be negotiation.

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“But it is not negotiation. It is sitting at a table and saying: ‘What is it we need to adapt to in the contract?’ So there’s nothing to it.

“The contract was ready in 2013. We’ve never really changed a lot of words in there, just the dates and the number of marketing days.

“I think that, how it is at the moment with us, we’re in a super happy position with Lewis.

“There weren’t any stumbling blocks with the contract negotiations,” Wolff concluded.

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