Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff has no question Lewis Hamilton will signal a agreement extension retaining him at Method A single champions Mercedes, stating the two functions had till the start of tests future year to get the offer carried out.

The 35-year-aged Hamilton, who wrapped up a history-equalling seventh planet championship title this time and became the most prosperous driver in F1 background, is out of agreement at the stop of this year.

Issues about a agreement extension have dogged Wolff and Hamilton all time, with the Mercedes seat the only just one on the F1 grid nevertheless to be formally crammed.

“If you refer to why have not we received a signed agreement, the purpose is easy — we normally prioritized about having this championship carried out and not getting distracted by sometimes complicated discussions…” Wolff, who led Mercedes to a history seventh straight title double this year, reported on Friday.

“But then COVID struck. It has delayed us a small bit but we are not fearful in eventually having it carried out. Faster or later on it needs to be carried out, the most up-to-date right before we go tests.”

Wolff was speaking after Mercedes earlier on Friday announced ideas for petrochemical giant Ineos to receive just one-3rd of its Method A single workforce, sharing equivalent possession with dad or mum organization Daimler AG and the Austrian.

As component of the offer, it was announced the 48-year-aged Wolff, who has also confronted inquiries about his long term, will keep on in his function as main govt and workforce principal for a further 3 several years.

Hamilton, who enjoys a near rapport with Wolff, hailed the improvement and reported he would open up talks with him over the future several days.

The Briton, who earns an approximated forty million kilos ($fifty four.02 million) a year, had prepared to phase up talks about his new offer over F1’s Middle Jap triple header, but analyzed favourable for COVID-19 and was compelled to miss a race.

“We have not started out a dialogue,” Hamilton, who returned for the Abu Dhabi time finale last Sunday, reported in a digital media convention ahead of the governing FIA’s once-a-year prize offering ceremony. “Toto and I approach to do that over the coming days.”

F1 tests is set to get position at the starting of March future year, with the time-opening Australian Grand Prix scheduled for later on the same month.