Hamilton’s new contract was made ’emotionally’ – says Mercedes boss

ReutersJuly 22, 2023, 11:59 AM ET2 minute reading

Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton’s new contract with Mercedes is yet to be signed but has been „emotionally” done, team boss Toto Wolff said.

The Mercedes boss was speaking after the 38-year-old Briton lapped the fastest lap in final practice for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix — Hamilton’s record eight times.

“The position is that we have not signed [the contract] But emotionally we’ve done it,” Wolff told Sky Sports.

Lewis Hamilton has driven for Mercedes since leaving McLaren at the end of the 2012 F1 season.Doug Murray/ICON Sportswire via Getty Images

Agreement a A drawn-out talking point In the game, as in the driver’s previous contracts.

Wolff, co-owner of the Mercedes team, told reporters earlier this month that the discussion was no longer about financial aspects.

„It’s not a money discussion. It’s about the future, what do we want to do right and improve?” He said. Austrian Grand Prix.

„We don’t talk about time, money, all that, it’s other topics.”

Hamilton suggested on Thursday that he expected a deal to be agreed soon, although he did not get involved in every detail of the negotiations between the parties.

“I was fired from the start. „I want to focus on all the other things that are going on. The team is working on it in the background. There is no negotiation. It’s all just small things.”

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