MERCEDES are making ready for “curveballs” as F1 king Lewis Hamilton’s future nonetheless lies doubtful simply two months earlier than the brand new season.
However group boss Toto Wolff says he’s unfazed by Britain’s seven-time world champion nonetheless not agreeing a brand new contract.
Lewis Hamilton has but to signal a brand new Mercedes deal however group boss Toto Wolff says he is not nervous and can respect regardless of the Brit decidesCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Reigning champ Lewis Hamilton has stated he’s in no rush to kind out his future however the 2021 F1 season is scheduled to start out in MarchCredit score: PA
Hamilton, who was 36 on Thursday, insists he needs to stick with Mercedes, the place his deal expired on December 31.
And of the unsettled state of affairs, Wolff advised Autosport: “It does not fear me in any respect, as a result of I’ll at all times respect Lewis’s choices.
‘Whether or not that is staying with us for a very long time, or whether or not which means leaving the game and pursuing totally different pursuits.
“I believe we must be prepared for all types of curveballs being thrown at us.
“However on the similar time, we discuss quite a bit, and we’re very clear with one another. I believe there’s extra to realize collectively.”
Hamilton has been very laidback publicly over a brand new deal, which is predicted to be price £40million a year.
At first he instructed it is perhaps tone deaf to speak cash whereas persons are dropping their jobs through the coronavirus pandemic.
He then insisted he was simply centered on retaining the title… however when that was within the bag he nonetheless stated there was no rush.
Reviews in Italy instructed there have been three sticking factors over a brand new contract: wage, plus Hamilton wanting a share of the group’s prize cash and a freebie AMG One hypercar.
In distinction, Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas sorted out an £8m one-year contract last August.
And as they look ahead to Hamilton’s future to be determined, Mercedes will proceed creating this 12 months’s automobile primarily based on the idea he will probably be driving it.