“Of course Toto did this on purpose. He could have just put the reserve driver in that car, so it was also political.
“Hamilton is asking for 50 million while the boss of Daimler, who is now a big Formula 1 fan, wants to cut the company’s Formula 1 expenses. This was already complicating the situation.
“I don’t know if Russell is capable of becoming a seven-time world champion, but you can’t ignore that his salary is 50 million less.
“This will cause some disagreement between Mercedes and Hamilton anyway, which is quite normal when negotiating a contract.”