F1 CEO Waiting for Toto Wolff to ‘Release’, and for Lewis Hamilton to ‘Confirm’ Mercedes Contract

Published 01/22/2021, 5:11 AM EST
FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason/Pool/File Photo


Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ contract talks have been going on for a while now. With just a couple more months to go for the 2021 season, an extension is expected. However, we still do not have a confirmation on if their partnership will continue.

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Several individuals from the Formula 1 community have offered their 2 cents on the outcome of these negotiations. Recently, the new F1 boss, Stefano Domenicali, also gave his opinion on the state of the negotiations and his eagerness to see Hamilton on the grid this season.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – November 15, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with team principle Toto Wolff after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Murad Sezer

“Lewis is a protagonist. Lewis has in front of him an incredible possibility to become the best in terms of numbers. So the challenge there is incredible.

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“I’m really looking forward to see him fighting on the track with the way that he’s also now behaving as a man, not only as a driver.

“I’m waiting for the news for Toto [Wolff] to release, and for Lewis to confirm. Everyone is waiting for that. That’s the same kind of attitude that I have like all the supporters of Formula 1,” he said.

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Domenicali lauded Hamilton for his efforts and explained that the drivers are now becoming the ambassadors of Formula 1. “Not only in terms of technical skills but also in terms of the way that they can put out the right message of Formula 1,” he added.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

After winning his 7th world title, Hamilton had pointed out that he wants to continue driving in Formula 1. The champion recently broke his social media hiatus and hinted at the negotiations in the background.

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Toto Wolff has clarified that the conclusion of the contract could take up to pre-season. Do you believe Hamilton will come back on the grid and extend his championship run?

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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