LEWIS HAMILTON and his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff toasted his seventh title with a number of glasses of one thing particular at 30,000ft.
However now it is time to put pleasantries apart as they lock horns over a brand new deal.
Lewis Hamilton is F1’s prime earner at £40m per 12 months
Hamilton flew again to Good earlier than the quick 30 minute transit to his Monaco residence whereas Wolff was visiting his spouse, Susie, who’s workforce boss of the Venturi Components E workforce based mostly within the principality.
The 35-year-old has simply 44 days remaining on his present cope with the Silver Arrows.
It is a distinctive state of affairs for his earlier contracts have often been tied up by September.
However then this Covid-hit season is just not regular by any stretch.
Wolff and Hamilton have been pressured to maintain their distance, not like their final contract renewal that occurred in Hamilton’s kitchen over a takeaway pizza and lasted for ten hours.
Hamilton has taken his time. He says his focus has been on successful the title.
However with title No7 now secured, his consideration will flip to his new contract, anticipated to be a 3 12 months deal price £40million a season.
When SunSport requested the reigning champion if now was the time to enroll now he’d secured the title, he mentioned: “Undoubtedly it’s one thing that we do have to get onto.
Hamilton is predicted to open talks with Mercedes boss Wolff over a brand new contractCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
“I simply all the time assume, by the 12 months that I’ve bought a job to do, I’ve bought a contract in place, I don’t really feel like I ought to add stress.
“It must be natural and never one thing that’s pressured. So, I assumed I would wager on myself.
“Naturally there are days once you assume ‘what occurs if you happen to begin making errors?’
“What occurs if you happen to worsen rapidly, you don’t put in these nice performances?
“Does your worth lower? Does your bargaining energy lower? Does your status go off a cliff?
“I do know there’s eventualities in life the place you’re like ‘let’s join actual fast’, so that you assure your future, and for me, I’ve wager on myself.
“I do the work. I do know myself higher than anybody and I do know what I can do, and I understand how to do it. Higher than ever.
“And so, I needed to place it apart and wait till the job is completed.
“So, most likely over these subsequent weeks – we’ve bought three weeks within the Center East – so, now it’s a bit extra chilled however I nonetheless have three races forward of me that I need to win.
“It’s not achieved however we are going to get it achieved, I’m positive.”
Hamilton was showered in champagne after successful his seventh titleCredit score: Splash Information
Whereas the monetary particulars are anticipated to stay the identical from his present deal, on this time of cost-cutting and the looming cost-cap to restrict workforce’s spending, Mercedes know the worth he brings to their model.
His success and picture have helped remodel the three-pointed star’s affiliation with an outdated man’s motor to one of many greatest and coolest manufacturers on the planet.
As a seven-time champ, Hamilton may identify his worth and Wolff would want to play hard-ball with the Damlier board in Stuttgart – a tough place given his personal future is just not but resolved.
Wolff, who additionally owns a 30 p.c share within the workforce, is known to be angling for a task of chairman, previously held by the late Niki Lauda.
It might free him up for his different enterprise pursuits, together with his personal shareholding in Aston Martin, plus giving him some extra time along with his household.
Wolff, says he can be sticking round in some capability, having recognized his successor.
And he’s assured Hamilton can be doing the identical.
Previous to Hamilton’s win in Istanbul, he mentioned: “I don’t need to drop a date (when Hamilton will signal) as a result of, if I do, everyone’s going to ask at each single race – however that is what we agreed.
“I believe it was essential to be sure that we’ve got each titles secured after which have a extra relaxed method to the dialogue concerning the future.
“It’s a superb dependence on one another. We want him within the automobile and I believe he desires to drive the Mercedes – as a result of it’s aggressive.
“So, no, I believe there’s a good steadiness.”