In the round-up: Toto Wolff says he doesn’t want to risk close contact with Lewis Hamilton over lengthy contract negotiations, due to concerns over Covid-19.

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What they say

Speaking ahead of last weekends’ race, Wolff said he expects contract negotiations between him and Hamilton to be a lengthy matter, based on how long the last one took:

The last time took 10 hours but then we had it done and we finished the day with pizza.

So the truth is, like like we’ve always said, there’s a lot of trust between us and we keep saying we’ve got to find a day but I think the championship is more important, the drivers championship. I completely understand that Lewis and Valtteri [Bottas] want to concentrate on that, and the constructors for us, and it kind of seems that we have to get that done and then find the time to sit down together.

And I don’t want to contaminate either of the drivers with Covid and if you spend so much time together, you know, the worst thing would be if they miss a race or more.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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