Toto Wolff jokes Lewis Hamilton new contract may prove too costly for Mercedes

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has joked Lewis Hamilton’s new contract may prove too costly after the six-time world champion broke Michael Schumacher’s all-time record for race wins at the Portuguese Grand Prix. When Schumacher won the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix for his 91st win in Formula One, it was widely believed that record would stand the test of time.

The following year though saw Hamilton break into Formula One with McLaren and the British racing star has gone on to make the impossible a reality.

Since joining Mercedes in 2013, Hamilton has dominated the sport, winning five world championships along the way to add to his one title with McLaren.

And Hamilton has continued his excellency this season, winning seven of the opening 11 races heading into the first ever Portuguese Grand Prix to put him level with Schumacher.

Valtteri Bottas looked the more likely to take the win on Sunday after seemingly finding more pace in free practice and qualifying.

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But Hamilton put in another masterful drive, finishing over 25 seconds ahead of his team-mate to take the chequered flag and his 92nd career win.

The 35-year-old admitted after the race that breaking Schumacher’s record hasn’t quite hit home yet.

“It’s going to take some time to sink in. I was still pushing flat out coming across the line, I’m still very much in race mode mentally,” he said.

“I can’t find the right words at the moment.”


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Hamilton is already the best paid driver on the grid by some margin and is due for a contract renewal at the end of the year.

He is yet to sign anything, stating earlier in the season that he’s in no rush to agree to an extension.

Mercedes are confident that Hamilton will stay with the team beyond 2020.

But Wolff has jokingly said Mercedes may need to make some big changes in order to afford Hamilton now after becoming the most successful F1 driver in history in regards to race wins.

“We have to sell a lot of inventory,” Wolff said with a clear smile behind his mask.

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