Toto Wolff says he would “understand it perfect” if Lewis Hamilton wanted see out his career with Ferrari, adding Sebastian Vettel could be the one to replace him.
Hamilton has long been linked to Ferrari with many drivers in the field naming the Italian stable as their ultimate destination. And Hamilton is no different.
Back in 2017 he admitted: “It’s definitely a dream for every driver, including me.”
However, with Ferrari opting to re-sign Vettel, Hamilton conceded that it wouldn’t happen as long as the German was in red.
Wolff acknowledges that it is a dream of Hamilton’s but hopes that Mercedes can retain their star driver.
The motorsport boss told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Of course we have talked about it openly with each other.
“Ferrari is a phenomenal brand, the most prestigious in F1, and every driver dreams of winning a World Championship with the Cavallino.
“I understand it perfectly.
“On the other hand, Mercedes also has a great story and we have renewed the glories of the past, something Lewis is proud of.
“Nobody knows the future.
“I hope he finishes his career by winning more titles with us, but I know everyone has the desire to go with the redhead.”
Wolff added that Mercedes have a back-up plan in place should they lose Hamilton to Ferrari.
“There is always a plan B, a plan C and a plan D,” he said.
“As long as we are able to build a winning car and offer a welcoming team, we will always find drivers ready to race for us.”
As for who could replace Hamilton at Mercedes, Vettel could be the target.
Grandprix.com reports Wolff as having told Bild am Sonntag newspaper: “We are friends with the Vettel family.
“Sebastian is someone for whom I have huge respect as a driver and a person.
“Who knows what the future holds.”
He added: “We are a German company, Germany is our home market and the home of the brand.
“At some point in Formula 1, we made the decision to put the best possible drivers in the car, uncompromisingly.
“But if a German driver is at that level and available, that would be nice.”
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