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Report: Mercedes to hold on Hamilton contract talks until postseason

Aug 28, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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With Mercedes signing Nico Rosberg to an extension earlier this year and with Lewis Hamilton under contract through 2015, no one’s doubting they have one of if not the best lineups on the Formula One grid.

The question, of course, is how well and for long the pair can continue to coexist, given the multiple scraps that have flared up this year, most recently during this past weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

For that reason, Mercedes’ Toto Wolff confirmed to reporters after Spa that contract extension talks with Hamilton will wait until after the season.

“At this stage things are very intense and you have to stay concentrated on the season,” Wolff said, via Autosport.

“But one thing is for sure: we are not going to talk to anybody else before having a very clear situation about how we can continue to work with Lewis.”

And with that said, we can let the rest of the season play out to determine how much longer this relationship will last.

  1. barrylibby - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    A review of the “No punishment from FIA” post comments will fit very nicely with this
    article IMO.

  2. rsrorsro - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Weird, I would want both drivers that can win. Mercedes management or lack there of is lost.

  3. techmeister1 - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Actually both Mercedes drivers can and have won. What Wolf is saying is they don’t want to have any discussions with Hammy while his huge ego is bruised. Instead they’ll wait until after the season as he’s already under contract for ’15 and there is no rush to extend his contract. If he can get his act together in ’15 then they might extend his contract. If not they’ll probably try to hire Ricciardo or Bottas.

  4. hkfan5 - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    I doubt that Hamilton and Rosberg can co-exist in 2015. One will have to go. This season is winner-take-all. The World Champion stays, the other guys goes.

  5. shotgunzoom - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    MB created this situation. I agree that they probably will not keep both. I just feel that NR has been coddled by MB for years. IMO, LH is the stronger driver.

    I wonder what kind of ego you’d have if a car blew up on you on Saturday then you started from the pit lane in a new in tested car without the benefit of the warmup lap to make the podium? All the while your team is telling you to let your teammate pass you. Can’t win for losing!!! I wonder why that is?

    • barrylibby - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      They sure did.

  6. techmeister1 - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Brawn, Rosberg and Schumi are the ones that allowed Mercedes to finally claw their way to the front of the grid. Hammy just got lucky and jumped ship at the right time. Hammy can’t handle reality and lives in a fantasy world so Mercedes might have to cut him and his narcissistic attitude lose.

  7. barrylibby - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    The question is will the Board shell out the money to buy him off like Ferrari did Kimi ?
    If it comes to that.

  8. shotgunzoom - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    That make about zero sense. Brawn won the championship in ’09 which became Mercedes Benz in ’10.

    You’ve got to have been smoking gun smoke to describe what MB did before LH progress. No one and I include myself thought LH was making a good trade going from McLaren to MB. But he did it and now MB is in the ascendancy. Now either that is just a coincidence or LH has had a lot to do with change in circumstances for both MB and McLaren!!!

    • barrylibby - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      All fair assessments would lead on ego believe MB just got the technology
      right out of box with new regs.. Given resources available w/in Benz is that a surprise?

  9. shotgunzoom - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    They sure waited some years to open that particular box.

    And last I checked McLaren is powered by MB yet they are behind Williams this term.

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