In the round-up: Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff says the team will begin talks over Lewis Hamilton’s contract earlier than it did last year, having taken until February to announce his latest deal.
What they say
Wolf was asked when Mercedes will begin work on Hamilton’s new deal for the 2022 F1 season:
Definitely earlier than the 2021 deal. It’s always tricky to find some times whilst racing, but we have learned the lesson that there could be external factors that can delay discussions and we don’t want to end up in January again. So probably we are going to pick up chatting about 2022 much earlier.
We agreed jointly that we didn’t want to drag it on us as much or as long as we did this time around and we’re trying to find some facts together during the season.
"Last year an extended timetable was tried on several occasions to ensure drivers could contest a full season during the advances of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the favorable feedback from competitors on having three races per weekend rather than two has prompted the series to make the third race a permanent addition for 2021."
"The Red Bull Racing Erena will help improve the skills of the Esports Teams’ current crop of drivers, and it will also be used as an academy hub to ensure Red Bull Racing Esports continues to give wings to young sim racers."
"The plan was actually to do a lot more, like do Sprint Cup races and other races, and everything was planned, but then unfortunately – not with the team but the people that basically were dealing with the normal issues with the cash – it was just promises and promises, and nothing seemed to happen."
"ADD Management driver Cohen spent the 2020 season participating the Euroformula Open Championship where he impressed: finishing seventh overall in the standings and taking two podiums along the way at the historic and notoriously challenging Spa-Francorchamps."