After the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Toto Wolff and Hamilton indicated that they would finally sit down to negotiate his contract. Berger told ServusTV that Hamilton wants to play the main role, but Russell would have given Mercedes something to think about.
"I would call it a matter of money. Hamilton is eaten away by ambition. He sent messages all weekend when he couldn't drive. But he didn't write a single congratulation to Russell. He wants to dominate and play the main role. But Russell has already shown what he can do with a Williams as well," said the Austrian.
Bottas under pressure?
In addition to the current world champion's contract, there is a lot to do about the seat next to Hamilton. Bottas would be under pressure, but the Finn has a contract for 2021. "Contracts must be kept and as far as I know, Bottas has a contract for 2021. They have committed already to going into the future with him," said Berger.
The ten-time Formula 1 winner concludes: "Bottas doesn't have the speed of Russell. I don't know whether they can decide behind the scenes to take a different route."