Sport Wolff not relishing Mercedes contract talks with F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton

14:45  14 february  2020
14:45  14 february  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

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Lewis Hamilton inked a two-year contract extension this week to drive for Mercedes -AMG Petronas Motorsport, tying the biggest name in racing to the Mercedes paddock at least through the Hamilton called the extension a ‘formality’ since he sat down with Mercedes F 1 boss Toto Wolff over the winter.

Mercedes ’ team principal, Toto Wolff , says the team were the ‘best base for Lewis Hamilton ’s ambitions’ as the world champion prepares for the last season of his present contract .

Toto Wolff wearing a uniform: Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton face key talks © Getty Images Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton face key talks

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits he is not looking forward to new contract discussions with Lewis Hamilton because of their close relationship.

Formula One champion Hamilton, who will target a record-equalling seventh title in 2020, is in the final 12 months of his existing deal.

Most signs point to him staying beyond the new season, despite Hamilton reportedly chasing a hefty pay rise.

He is said to be looking for an increase of around 50 per cent on what is reputed to be a £40million annual salary.

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Team principal Wolff said: "The dynamic is very good, we've known each other for such a long time and have the greatest respect for each other.

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Lewis Hamilton won his sixth F 1 world title with a second-placed finish at the United States Grand Hamilton came second in the United States Grand Prix in Texas two weeks ago, picking up the four Lewis Hamilton makes statement on Mercedes contract talks and alleged demand to Toto Wolff .

"Lewis is very aware of where we are as a team and where we are as a motor company.

"Overall, these discussions, we don't like them because we are friends and very close to each other on this joint journey, but it's part of the job."

Wolff said Hamilton and Mercedes will both have ideas about the driver's value.

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Hamilton has been linked with Ferrari in the past, but the Italian team have said they are focused on keeping the partnership of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc for the foreseeable future.

Ahead of the contract talks, Hamilton was quick to praise Wolff's influence, telling Sky Sports: "He's an incredible businessman. I learnt a lot from this man and it's always an exciting moment - it's a real privilege that they want me to stay and be part of a great team, that's a great feeling.

Lewis Hamilton looks unstoppable already after dominating Barcelona testing session

  Lewis Hamilton looks unstoppable already after dominating Barcelona testing session Lewis Hamilton can achieve Formula One history this season and the British driver was looking good in testing on Wednesday in Barcelona.The British driver led a Mercedes one-two on the time sheets as Valtteri Bottas was second quickest, while Ferrari's plans were hindered when Sebastian Vettel pulled out of the session through illness.

Six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will meet with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on Tuesday to discuss terms on a massive new contract However, speculation persists that Hamilton could opt for a new challenge, much like he did when he joined Mercedes from McLaren in 2012.

Hamilton is under contract with Mercedes ’ F 1 team until the end of next season, at which point major rule changes are expected to be brought in by Liberty Media. The five-time world champion has been very vocal in his disregard for the proposals being put forward. And Hamilton has started to consider

"I hope I can continue to help contribute to the team's success."

The team's new car - officially titled the Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance - was revealed on Friday at Silverstone.

Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas had the opportunity to take to the track, with the Brit describing the car, which includes a host of technical updates to the 2019 edition, as "a new piece of art".

There are changes to impact tubes, suspension and its aerodynamic make-up feature, and Bottas is optimistic he can challenge for the title.

While Hamilton is chasing Michael Schumacher's haul of seven titles, Bottas wants a first, and last year's second-placed finish in the championship fills him with optimism.

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Bottas told Sky Sports: "I have no doubt Lewis will want to win the championship again and break records, but I need to focus on my own thing.

New Mercedes steering system set to be banned from 2021

  New Mercedes steering system set to be banned from 2021 Mercedes look set to be prevented from using their new DAS wheel alignment system in the 2021 season, when new Formula One rules come in.The constructors' champions introduced the new technology - also known by his acronym 'DAS' - at this week's testing session in Barcelona.

Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton has signed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes , the motor-racing team announced on Thursday. " Mercedes -AMG Petronas Motorsport and Lewis Hamilton today announced the agreement of a two-year contract extension for the 2019 and 2020

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff to restart talks with Lewis Hamilton about bumper new dealCredit: AFP or FORMULA GUN. Lewis Hamilton expertly shoots targets as F 1 ace reveals movie training. But as time dragged on and the contract remained unsigned, it became a talking point and more of a

"Last year was really encouraging because I managed to improve lots of my weaknesses.

"I have good confidence; I know I can do it. It's for me to be at my best level, keep improving and keep learning. It's so good to start at zero again and see what happens."

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BREAKING NEWS: Chinese Grand Prix postponed amid coronavirus fears .
Fears over the spread of the coronavirus have led to the postponement of the Chinese Grand Prix.The race was due to take place at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 19, as the fourth event in the 2020 F1 calendar.

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