MERCEDES chief Toto Wolff is holding off contract talks with Lewis Hamilton amid the coronavirus pandemic and revealed their final negotiations took 10 hours.
The British F1 star dropped a bombshell final month by declaring he might give up the game.
Lewis Hamilton shall be out of contract in December and has hinted he might give up F1Credit score: Getty
Merc chief Toto Wolff revealed it took 10 hours the final time they thrashed out a contractCredit score: Getty
Hamilton, whose contract expires in December, made the revelation after winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix last Sunday.
When requested by Wolff’s personal unsure future, Hamilton replied: “I do not even know if I will be right here subsequent yr.”
That took among the shine off Merc’s celebrations after they gained the constructors’ title for a file seventh straight time.
Wolff has tried to play down talk of Hamilton leaving, however admitted forward of the final race contract discussions would possible be prolonged based mostly on how lengthy they took final time.
He stated: “The final time took 10 hours however then we had it executed and we completed the day with pizza.
“So the reality is, like we’ve all the time stated, there’s quite a lot of belief between us and we maintain saying we’ve received to discover a day however I believe the championship is extra vital, the drivers championship.
“I utterly perceive that Lewis and Valtteri [Bottas] wish to consider that, and the constructors for us, and it type of appears that we have now to get that executed after which discover the time to take a seat down collectively.
“And I don’t wish to contaminate both of the drivers with Covid and in case you spend a lot time collectively, you recognize, the worst factor can be in the event that they miss a race or extra.”
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Wolff additionally hinted that Hamilton’s talks might even rumble into subsequent yr earlier than the season opener in Melbourne in the course of March.
However Wolff, who’s weighing up a brand new function as chairman of the Mercedes F1 crew, believes he’s near agreeing new phrases.
Hamilton and the remainder of F1’s stars head to Istanbul subsequent week for the Turkish Grand Prix.