Paris (AP) – Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton faces the contract extension at Mercedes.

“It’s not going to be a difficult discussion. We want each other because we need each other,” team principal Toto Wolff said in a video link to announce the Ineos group’s entry as a shareholder in the race team. Hamilton’s contract with the Silberpfeil team will expire at the end of the year, but further cooperation is considered certain.

“Personal relationship aside, of course, it’s a community of convenience,” Wolff said, referring to Hamilton’s chance to become the only record-breaking champion with eighth title victory next year.

On Friday evening Mercedes had already published a tweet with the hashtag #Announce, which means “to announce” in German. Behind it was a hand with a pen. “I plan to be here next year. I want to be here next year,” Hamilton was quoted as saying in the tweet.

Mercedes and the 35-year-old agreed not to negotiate the contract until after the title decision. But then Hamilton became infected with Corona. Now they want to “calmly pick up where we left off to complete the contract,” said team boss Wolff.

Ola Källenius, CEO of Daimler, referred to the decades-long connection between Mercedes and Hamilton. “Lewis feels like part of the family,” he said. Ineos board member Jim Radcliffe would like to continue to work with the British. “I am an admirer of Lewis. He is a master of racing and stands out from all the others,” said the founder of the chemical giant, who takes over a third of the team’s shares.

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