Speaking after Mercedes announced one-third of the team had been purchased by Ineos, and that team principal Toto Wolff had signed a new deal to extend his stay at the team, Hamilton said he plans to begin talks over his next contract soon.
We haven’t started the conversation. Toto and I plan to do that over the coming days. We’ve been moving quite a bit over the past days travel-wise.
But otherwise, on the super, super plus side, I’m really proud and grateful to see Toto signing. He’s such an important, leading figure within this team and the success that we have achieved would have not been possible without him. He is such a great figurehead and I think the team’s just better for it just to have that longevity.
It’s great to see the commitment from Mercedes, but then the added bonus of having Ineos who came in this year and have been a part of our success this year, it’s great to see that they’re going to be a part of this team and help with the stability of this team moving forwards in growing to be better. It’s going to take a big push for us to continue to raise the bar in this organisation, because I think we’ve done such a great job over these past years.
But the right people are in the right place and it looks good, the future is bright for this team, I think.
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