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lewis hamilton 2023 f1 mercedes contract wolff

Hamilton-Mercedes F1 journey will continue says Wolff

lewis hamilton 2023 f1 mercedes contract wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff confirmed today that contract extension talks with seven-times Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton have started, and insisted that age will not be a factor in the negotiations.

Hamilton, the winner of a record 103 grands prix, turned 38 in January and will be starting his 11th season at Mercedes in March.

Wolff told reporters, after Mercedes launched their new W14 F1 car at Silverstone, that he and Hamilton, whose current contract expires at the end of 2023, were in no hurry to get anything signed.

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“We’ve had a first chat but I don’t want to commit to any timeline because it’s not important for him nor for us… it runs a full year and we’re going to find the right time.”

The Austrian batted away a question about age and duration, with Hamilton the second oldest driver on the starting grid after Aston Martin’s 41-year-old double F1 world champion Fernando Alonso.

Wolff: I think the age, 38, plays no role for this next contract

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“If you look at how well top athletes in the world have pushed the boundaries,” Wolff said, referencing NFL quarterback Tom Brady who recently retired at 45.

Wolff said previous contract negotiations had not been complex apart from the obvious terms: “In terms of the contractual situation, we’ve always found good solutions that reflect his value for the team and for the sport and on the other side I think Mercedes is the place he wants to be.

“These things have never been a contentious point. Nothing’s dragging on, The alignment is great… it’s almost not like a first priority sitting down because this is going to be a journey that will continue,” concluded Wolff.

Notably, Hamilton has only ever driven Mercedes-powered F1 cars, which McLaren were during his time with the team. A year after making his mark as a rookie in 2007, he claimed his first title in 2008 with the Woking outfit, winning 21 Grands Prix in their colours.

With Mercedes, which he joined in 2013, Hamilton added another 82 F1 victories and six more world titles, and shares a record eight F1 titles with Michael Schumacher.  (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)