Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is adamant that Lewis Hamilton will remain with the team past 2020 season. They also announced their new partnership with Ineos, a petrochemical company.
Although Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton have not yet set down to talk about the six-time world champion’s future with the team seeing as his contract with Mercedes expires at the end of the 2020 season, the Mercedes boss is confident that Hamilton will still be with the team in the future going on to say the following:
“We would like to have the fastest man in the car and I know Lewis wants to be in the fastest car, so there is an obvious mutual outcome.”
“We travel around the world 10 months every year but over the winter we leave each other in peace and the last conversation I had with him was at the Christmas party,”
“I have great belief in the abilities of the team to attract the best drivers and Lewis has proven he is the best driver. And in the mid- and long-term, I would hope we can continue to provide technology to the best driver.”
Mercedes who also announced petrochemical company Ineos as their new ”principal partner” entering into a 5-year deal worth around £100million.
Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe who owns Ineos said the following when announcing his company’s partnership with Mercedes:
“We have a genuine passion for sport and F1 is one of the most exciting sports around. It’s an intriguing marriage between sport and technology, similar to our America’s Cup challenge, which is effectively a 10-storey building sailing on top of a coffee table.”
“Why Mercedes? We have admiration for a fantastic engineering company at the top of its game.”
The merger between the two is the grounds for Mercedes’s new look which now incorporates the Ineos logo in red alongside their traditional silver, black and green themes.
Fans will have a chance to get a good look at the new design when Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas get behind the wheel of their new machines for the first time during the track day at Silverstone this Friday before the pre-season testing which begins 19 February in Spain.
With the 2020 season kicking off in Australia on 15 March, it is most likely that Mercedes boss Toto and Lewis Hamilton will sit down and begin discussions into the world champions’ future at Mercedes.