Wolff: ‘No reason’ why Hamilton would leave

Jamie Woodhouse
Lewis Hamilton on media day for the Turkish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has left himself without a 'plan B'.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff says there is “no reason” why Lewis Hamilton wouldn’t sign a new contract with the team.

Hamilton could secure a seventh World Championship at this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix, an achievement which would see him equal Michael Schumacher’s ultimate record.

And with Mercedes’ dominance only growing Hamilton would be the huge favourite to take an eighth title in 2021 and set another Formula 1 record having already surpassed Schumacher for the most wins in Formula 1.

However, Hamilton is yet to sign a new contract with Mercedes beyond the end of the year.

But Wolff doesn’t see why Hamilton wouldn’t want to continue with the dominant Silver Arrows.

“We have established a mutual relationship of trust,” Wolff told Sky F1.

“Regularly we have given the good feedback to each other, there is no reason why Lewis wouldn’t want to be in a very competitive car like the Mercedes.

“And we have no reason to think about an alternative driver, so that is a perfect symbiosis and I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t continue.”

Wolff added that he has no concerns about sealing the deal with Hamilton.

“No, not at all cornered. It’s a good dependence on each other; we would like him in the car, and I think he wants to drive the Mercedes because it’s competitive, so no, I think there is a good balance,” he said.

“I don’t want to drop a date here because if I do everybody’s going to ask at every single race, but this is what we agreed.

“I think it was important to make sure we had both titles secured and then have a more relaxed approach to the discussion about the future.”

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Wolff is still giving little away about his own future as Mercedes team principal.

The Austrian is also out of contract at the end of 2020, and he said that he couldn’t keep up with the workload for the rest of his life.

But, he doesn’t want to step away from Mercedes.

“I believe that each of us has a certain shelf life as a team principal because it’s simply not sustainable to do a few hundred races and be the best [version of] you that started on the journey,” he explained to reporters at the Turkish GP.

“It is a job that involves being in an aeroplane, on 20 or so races, and coming back on Monday you have an office job. And I dd 250 hotel nights last year and 500 hours of flying and it is certainly not something that I want do for the rest of my life. But I take enjoyment in what I do and I certainly don’t want to step away from the Mercedes team.”

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