On Thursday, Mercedes announced that Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will continue driving for the team at least until the end of 2025 season.
With both drivers’ contract expiring at the same time, some are asking whether that could put Mercedes in a difficult position if they both decide to leave at the same time.
Team boss Toto Wolff explains why that’s unlikely to happen.
“No, in a way we have different structures of contract also because George has been with us since he was a junior driver,” the Austrian told Sky Sports F1.
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“I believe in the fact that, if it’s of benefit for both parties, then you’re staying together.”
Toto did, however, explain that Mercedes will have to produce a fast car if it wants to keep the drivers of Hamilton and Russell’s calibre.
“We need to make a quick car. We need a quick driver and I do it like a very famous football coach once told me, – if a good player wants to go elsewhere, then he’s never stopped him going elsewhere.
“When somebody wants to move, either the team or the driver, then you’ve just got to move,” Wolff concluded.