Mercedes believe it is just a matter of time before reigning Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton signs a new contract to re-commit to the team.
Hamilton is out of contract with the Silver Arrows at the end of the year.
Four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is expected to sign a new deal with Mercedes, extending his stay with the team.
But the 33-year-old, whose current deal expires the end of the 2018 F1 season, has yet to pledge his future to the German team.
Wolff though is claim and believes the formalities will be tied up shortly.
“Lewis has become such an important pillar within the team that it’s a no-brainer that we continue with each other,” the Austrian said in an interview on the team website.
“Lewis has become such an important pillar within the team that it’s a no-brainer that we continue with each other,” Wolff said this week.
“The discussions are ongoing in a very positive mindset and it’s just a matter of time when we seal it and put a signature to the document.”
While Hamilton is undoubtedly F1’s most marketable asset, Mercedes’ insouciance about his new deal is a reflection of both their status as F1’s dominant superpowers and the shortage of viable options for Hamilton. Red Bull would be an attractive potential destination but for the doubts about their long-term engine prospects while the contract extension Sebastian Vettel signed with Ferrari has effectively closed the door on Hamilton at the Scuderia.
Quadruple title winner Hamilton won the 2017 world championship and Mercedes is tipped to be strong again this year.
“We’ve had a good winter, I would say,” said Wolff. “No real drama, but there is always stress within the organisation at this time of the year.”
Hamilton’s proposed new deal at Mercedes is also expected to make the Englishman the highest-paid driver in the history of F1 with some estimates predicting the four-time world champion will be paid $60m a year.
Hamilton will partner Valtteri Bottas in 2018 after the Finn was handed another one-year deal by the Silver Arrows.
The extension Vettel signed with Ferrari in August runs until 2020, with Max Verstappen following suit when he re-signed with Red Bull for at least three more seasons in November.