Mercedes staff boss Toto Wolff says the reigning world champions will determine on the identification of Lewis Hamilton’s staff mate in the course of the subsequent couple of months…
The Silver Arrows announced a new two-year contract for Hamilton on Saturday morning in Austria, which is able to lengthen his keep to till at the very least the tip of 2023.
Wolff and his Mercedes staff should now determine between incumbent Valtteri Bottas, a part of the staff since 2017, and Mercedes junior George Russell, who delivered his best-ever qualifying efficiency for Williams with P9 at the Red Bull Ring.
“Immediately is about Lewis and having that contract out of the way in which,” stated Wolff on Saturday. “We at all times stated we needed to present it the subsequent few races to achieve extra readability.
We worth them each for his or her strengths and for what they’ll contribute to the staff
Mercedes Crew Principal Toto Wolff on Valtteri Bottas and George Russell
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“[We are] additionally completely happy Valtteri’s racing in Austria in my view was actually good and he must consolidate that. He’s a recognized issue.
“In the identical manner we all know the strengths and weaknesses of George, and that call goes to be made in the course of the summer season.
“First [we will have] discussions with George and Valtteri after which hopefully we’re sorted earlier than the tip of the season.”
He added: “We worth them each for his or her strengths and for what they’ll contribute to the staff.”
If Bottas stays on, it might be his sixth season with Mercedes, whereas Russell would virtually definitely keep at Williams for a fourth yr.