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Wolff addresses Hamilton’s F1 future: ‘It is just a matter of time’

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The Formula One reigning world champions Mercedes’ boss Toto Wolff is confident that Lewis Hamilton will sign a new contract sooner rather than later following he confirmed that they had seized optimistic talks with their top driver.

Hamilton is in the final season of his contract with Mercedes but has admitted that he sees his long-term future with the Silver Arrows.

Four-time world champion, the Brit admitted that driving for Ferrari is every F1 driver’s dream but revealed that he was happy at Mercedes where he has won three of his four titles. In 2017 Merc were at least given a bit of competition by the Italian outfit Ferrari who led throughout the first half of the season.

“Lewis has become such an important pillar within the team, it is a no-brainer that we continue with each other. The discussions are ongoing and with a very positive mind-set. It is just a matter of time, when we seal it and put the signature to the document,” Wolff told Mercedes’ official site.

Asked about who he expects to be Mercedes’ main rivals this season, he sidestepped the question saying their biggest obstacle could be Pirelli’s new hyper-soft tyre.

“It is difficult to judge,” he said. “Last year Ferrari surprised all of us as they put a car on the track that was fast from the get-go.

“This year the rules are more stable but there’s a tyre that is ocming into the equation so the truth is we don’t know.”

Asked about progress with the 2018 – “It’s never going completely seamlessly or smoothly, because you are trying to push the boundaries, make the cars as light as possible and – eventually – as quick as possible.” Wolff added

“We have had a good winter, I would say. No real drama, but there is always stress within the organisation at this time of year.”

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