Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has shot-down speculation of a spat with Lewis Hamilton in the aftermath of the Australian Grand Prix, arguing that their relationship is in-fact “closer than ever”.
Per the original reports, Hamilton — who had been a vocal critic of Formula 1’s decision to come to Australia — was upset with Wolff for initially voting in favour of the race going ahead after a McLaren staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. It was only after Daimler chairman Ola Källenius intervened in favour of cancelling the race that Wolff changed his mind.
Asked by Austrian newspaper Osterreich about the reports, Wolff stated that they were “total nonsense”.
“Lewis and I were talking every second in Australia,” he said. “Also on that night in which the cancellation occurred. We also speak to each other every other day.
“Our relationship is closer than ever. We also talk about our future every day. But there is nothing dramatic about it.“
On a related note, both Wolff and Hamilton are in the midst of negotiating new contracts with Mercedes, with their current deals set to expire at the end of the 2020 season. As with his relationship with Hamilton, rumours have circulated Wolff is eyeing a move away from the Silver Arrows to Aston Martin, rumours Wolff has similarly put the kibosh on.