Toto Wolff provides huge Lewis Hamilton contract update amid dispute

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has addressed Lewis Hamilton's future at the team beyond 2023.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has expressed confidence in the ongoing contract extension negotiations with star driver Lewis Hamilton, attributing the slight delays to minor details. 

As the expiration date of Hamilton’s contract draws near at the end of this season, speculation has been rife within the Formula 1 paddock.

Wolff sought to quell concerns, assuring fans and the racing community that the partnership between Hamilton and Mercedes would continue without a hitch. 

“No, it’s just tiny details like marketing stuff. Nothing I’m worried about,” Wolff said during an interview with Sky Sport Italia. 

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Addressing inquiries about any potential obstacles before Hamilton’s new contract is inked, he appeared unperturbed.

In a recent conversation, Hamilton himself shed light on the rapport he shares with Wolff, highlighting the profound support he has received from Mercedes over the years. 

“Toto is a great boss, Mercedes have been huge supporters of mine for such a long time,” the British driver affirmed in an interview with Sky Sports. 

Dispelling notions of strain between them, he emphasised the bedrock of trust that underpins their working relationship. 

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“We trust each other. We have the same goals, and we know that we can do that together,” Hamilton added.

Wolff’s focus is not solely on contract negotiations; he also divulged his aspirations for the forthcoming race weekend at Zandvoort. 

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With an eye on securing the second spot in the constructors’ championship, he zeroed in on the stiff competition posed by Ferrari. “We’re aiming for second place and think Ferrari is our current competitor. 

“We’re hoping for a podium this weekend, but all the cars are almost on the same level behind Max, so every weekend is different,” Wolff asserted.

The battle for second place in the championship is heating up, with Mercedes facing fierce rivalry from contenders like Ferrari, Aston Martin, and the surging McLarens.