Toto Wolff feeling ‘uncomfortable’ in Lewis Hamilton talks with Ferrari lurking

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has admitted to feeling “uncomfortable” having to discuss money with “blood brother” Lewis Hamilton as the Brit’s contract situation continues to simmer in the background. It’s been a regular occurrence throughout Hamilton’s career that contract negotiations aren’t always plain sailing.

His current deal wasn’t signed until just a few months before the start of the 2021 season with Mercedes left sweating on whether they would have to find a last-minute replacement. The two parties are at a crossroads once more and Hamilton’s contract situation has seemingly caught the attention of Ferrari.

While the 38-year-old has repeatedly stated that he wants to end his career with Mercedes, he has also admitted in the past that driving for Ferrari would fulfil a childhood dream. And it was reported at the weekend that Ferrari are preparing to offer Hamilton a mega-money contract to steal him away from Mercedes.

But Wolff isn’t concerned by the supposed interest from Ferrari, calling the rumours false. He told OE24: “These rumors come up every two years when we have to sign a new contract.

“But none of this is true. We discuss normally, without any time pressure.” It’s a discussion Wolff and Hamilton have had several times over the years, but the Mercedes boss admits it never gets any easier.

“It’s just uncomfortable that two friends, two blood brothers who have been through thick and thin for ten years, suddenly have to discuss money,” Wolff said. “I’m firmly convinced that we’ll find each other, there’s not a millimeter of doubt for me.”

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And Wolff even indicated that Hamilton could look to sign a multi-year contract to take him into his 40s. “I can’t imagine anything else,” he added.

” If we give Lewis a competitive car, he will win for a long time. Look at Tom Brady what he was still capable of in his 40s.”

It’s been suggested that Hamilton’s future depends on whether Mercedes can prove that they can get back on track in chasing Red Bull down. He will get a first glimpse of that this weekend in Monaco when Mercedes bring a major upgrade to their car.

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