Abu Dhabi (dpa) – In the negotiations for a new contract for Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton (35) with industry leader Mercedes, the salary demands of the British do not play the most important role.

The financial side “is always part of the discussion, which is not very nice on either side,” said Mercedes Motorsport director Toto Wolff in an interview with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, but also stressed: “In this case, however, it is not an essential parameter. ” It is also about “how he sees himself in his world and how his thought processes proceed”. For Mercedes it is also important “how we can use him as a brand ambassador, how many days he is available off the track”.

Negotiations should have taken place last week, but Hamilton’s corona contamination prevented that. “I take into account his health, and we absolutely agree on the terms and conditions. Now we wait for him to come back. The legs come – then we talk,” Wolff said. including quarantine, the seven-time champion will play again on Sunday (2.10 p.m. / RTL and Sky) in the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton’s contract expires at the end of the year, but a change is out of the question. “I don’t think Lewis would ever want to drive anywhere else. I also think he has unfinished business,” said Wolff. From the Austrians’ perspective, there is “nothing to prevent him from continuing, and I assume it is very likely. But I am not ruling out anything.”

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