“Everything Is Currently Open” Between Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes After 2021: Wolff

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February 22, 2021 7:06 pm

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have extended their partnership for another year, till the end of 2021. The pair took a long time to come out with the announcement, and the F1 community speculated several clauses of the contract and reasons for the delay.

Since the contract’s extension, people have covered every theory possible for why it was just a year-long extension. In a recent interview, Toto Wolff clarified the reason for the duration of the contract.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 27: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain during the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 27, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images,)

“The reason was simply a lack of time. We first negotiated just before Christmas. A multi-year contract is more complex than one for one season. So we said we’ll sign this slip for a year now and see later.

“Everything is currently open to both sides after 2021,” said the Mercedes Principal.

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Toto Wolff clarifies the position on other Mercedes drivers

The other Mercedes drivers present on the grid are Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Ocon, and George Russell. Bottas had a run of bad luck last season that saw him fall back considerably in the championship run.

Esteban Ocon is loaned out to Renault and will drive for the Alpine F1 racing team. Meanwhile, Russell is in the last year of his contract with Williams and considered as a primary contender for a Mercedes seat.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: ART Grand Prix Formula 2 driver George Russell of Great Britain and Williams F1 and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talk in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

However, Wolff clarified, “So there is some variation for 2022, but until then our full support goes to Valtteri and Lewis. We will evaluate in the middle of the year whether there will be a change in 2022. It is surely too early now to talk about scenarios for 2022.”

Toto Wolff has completed the negotiations to put Mercedes at an advantage by the end of the season. The Silver Arrows will have two vacant seats, and they can have their pick of the drivers to go into the new era with.

Who do you think will complete the Mercedes drivers’ lineup for the 2022 season?

Ayush Manjunath

Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 contributor at EssentiallySports, based in Bengaluru. He is an intense lover of Formula 1, Ayrton Senna, Max Verstappen, and George Russell, and has previously worked as an athlete agent. He is a law graduate and is currently enrolled in a Sports Management Program at GISB, Mumbai. 2019 was quite an eventful year for Ayush, as he completed a program in Sports, Media and Entertainment Management at UCLA, won a national moot court competition, and judgement national writing competition.

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