Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff expects to sign a new contract with Lewis Hamilton within a matter of days.
“I think we’re talking more days than weeks,” Wolff told CNBC yesterday. “But if I commit to a date now then everybody’s going to ask in Montreal on the weekend what’s happened to the days.”
“We are still talking,” he added. “We get this question basically every race weekend. We have such a good relationship that we dread the moment we need to talk about money. It’s going to happen soon.”
Reports that Hamilton had been courted by Ferrari were recently dismissed by all sides. Wolff has no doubt he wishes to remain at Mercedes, having won six world titles for them since joining a decade ago.
“From the team’s perspective, Lewis and Mercedes have gone back a long time,” said Wolff. “He’s never raced for any brand other than Mercedes. Him and me, we joined in 2013 together, 10 years it’s been, and from a professional relationship we’ve come to a friendship.
“It’s been a wonderful time. He’s the most important personality in the sport. He’s so multi-faceted, not only in the racing but also off-track, and we need to keep him in the sport as long as possible.”
Hamilton has not won a race since narrowly missing out on what would have been a record-breaking eighth world championship with the team in a controversial end to the 2021 season. Following a significant upgrade introduced by the team at the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago, Wolff believes they are finally on the right path.
“We’ve done a few mis-steps on the engineering side, on our technical decisions,” he said. “But it’s physics, not mystics, and therefore we’re really coming back.
“We’ve had a good result last weekend finishing second and third and it’s just a matter of time to catch up, I have no doubt about it.”
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