Hamilton open to staying with Mercedes post-F1

Jamie Woodhouse
Lewis Hamilton Toto Wolff

Toto Wolff says the Mercedes F1 team will have to make redundancies.

Lewis Hamilton likes the idea of remaining a part of the Mercedes brand once his F1 career is over.

The Briton is now a six-time World Champion and shows no signs of slowing down, in fact it seems he only gets better with age.

Hamilton’s father Anthony predicts his son has another “five to six” years left in him, though when he does eventually retire, fashion appears to be his next major line of work.

However, Hamilton himself has become a brand within Mercedes and their parent company Daimler since joining the team in 2013, and he admits the thought of remaining involved beyond his racing days is “quite attractive”.

“Nothing is set in stone but I definitely am enjoying what I’m doing right now and I see no reason in stopping because I love what I do,” Hamilton told Autosport.com.

“When there’s a challenge, a whole massive change in the regulations [in 2021], that’s a huge challenge for me as a driver to use my skills and the things I’ve learned over the years to help steer the team in the right direction to develop the fastest car and still develop consistencies and punch out performances.

“I don’t particularly see myself going anywhere else. I love being at Mercedes. I love being part of the brand and the history.

“The idea of staying with Mercedes – I’ve been with them since I was 13 years old, even beyond Formula 1 – and probably heavily involved within Daimler and beyond, is quite attractive.

“So, we’ll see how that goes.”

Hamilton’s 83 career wins make him by far the most successful driver to ever compete for the team in F1 – in second place is their 2016 champion Nico Rosberg with 23.

Unsurprisingly that makes the 34-year-old a prized asset of the company, and Mercedes’ team principal and CEO Toto Wolff says Hamilton’s standing within the company goes into “Daimler’s heart”.

“Lewis has been with Mercedes all his life, and we’ve had such a strong seven years, not only from a professional level but also a relationship level. We grew together,” he explained.

This goes beyond the racing team, it goes into Daimler’s heart with the board.

“Mercedes is a great brand and Lewis Hamilton is a great brand and I don’t see any reason that if we are able to provide him a good car we will not be his main priority.

“Then going forward he has a few good years left in his career, I’m sure.

“And then we see which opportunities come up.

“That is certainly something which we will be very excited about.”

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