Mercedes early confirmed the extension of the contract with Valtteri Bottas, the contract with Lewis Hamilton has not yet been signed, but the head of the team, Toto Wolff, is confident that all issues will be settled by the end of the year.
Toto Wolff: “We will decide on the contract before the end of the year. It is impossible to start a new year without knowing what the line-up will be. But I am sure that the roster will remain.
Given the frequency of races this season, we just didn’t have the opportunity to spend the day together to discuss something. Races followed each other, and between them there was a natural desire to rest and recuperate.
There is no reason to rush. At some point, we need to find an old contract, which we have not revised in the last three years, and discuss whether we want to change anything.
The amount of the contract? Lewis has always been and will be the highest paid driver, but that’s not the point. The contract is our commitment to provide him with a winning car and his commitment to be the fastest driver ever. He always fulfilled his obligations, and we for our part, I hope, did not let him down either. “