Mercedes AMG F1 team boss Toto Wolff says it is still too early to start talking about a contract with seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton when the British driver is committed to Mercedes until the end of the 2023 season.
Last year, the Mercedes team announced the extension of its star driver’s contract for a further two years, until the end of the 2023 season. In 2022, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes thus entered a tenth year together in Formula 1 after having already won eight constructors’ titles together since the 2014 season.
This 2022 season may not have started in the best way, with Lewis Hamilton currently sixth in the standings, but when asked at the Canadian Grand Prix if he thought his driver would continue beyond the end of next season, Toto Wolff felt it was still a little too early to think about 2024.
“Do we really have to start talking about 2024 contracts in June 2022? We are happy with Lewis and there is no doubt that we are going into this season and the next season in good shape. But I think it’s too early to talk about 2024. But having said that, I couldn’t wish for a better driver pairing,” Toto Wolff said in Montreal last weekend.
The Austrian indeed recognises that his two drivers are working hand in hand this season despite the difficulties the team has faced since the beginning of the year, which according to Wolff is an undeniable asset:
“I can say that within the team Lewis has always been very positive in his state of mind and the way the two of them work together is really amazing. In the briefings they keep asking each other questions and I suppose it would be different if we were fighting at the front.”
“It’s great to see how the two of them have really helped [the team] progress and I’m happy for Lewis because he had bad luck on his side, he could have been on the podium a few times if the safety car hadn’t worked against him.”