LEWIS HAMILTON helped his Mercedes group win a report seventh straight constructors’ championship – then forged a serious doubt over his future within the group.
Brit Lewis Hamilton says he want to keep in F1 with Mercedes subsequent 12 months however there are numerous issues to think aboutCredit score: AFP
Lewis Hamilton’s victory on the picturesque Emilia Romagna GP in Italy clinched one other constructors’ title for his Mercedes group Credit score: AP:Related Press
He took his report haul of Grand Prix victories to 93.
And Hamilton is now in touching distance of successful the world championship for the seventh time, which might put him degree with legend Michael Schumacher.
Each Hamilton and his Merc boss Toto Wolff are out of contract on December 31 and but to signal new offers.
After their success in Imola, Wolff admitted he was on the finish of his “shelf-life” in his present position.
And when requested by SunSport how that may form his personal future, Hamilton dropped the bombshell that can have Merc chiefs fearful.
He mentioned: “I do not even know if I’ll be right here subsequent 12 months so it is not a priority for me in the intervening time.”
Requested whether or not there was an opportunity he may not be in F1 subsequent season, Hamilton refused to substantiate that he’ll keep on.
He added: “We’re in November and it is loopy that Christmas is not that far-off.
“Naturally I really feel nice, I really feel very robust and I really feel like I might hold going for loads of months.
“So I do not know. You talked about about Toto and shelf life, there’s a number of issues that do keep on the highest of my thoughts.
Lewis Hamilton’s coach Angela Cullen helps the runaway F1 championship chief have fun his newest winCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
“I want to be right here subsequent 12 months however there is not any assure of that, for positive. There’s so much that excites me of the ‘after-life’. So time will inform.”
Addressing his personal future, Wolff gave the largest but that he intends to maneuver apart subsequent season from his position as group boss.
The Austrian, who has overseen their success since 2013 – the identical 12 months Hamilton joined the group – can also be a 30 p.c shareholder within the Brackley-based group.
He mentioned: “I suppose my scenario is just a little bit totally different as a result of I’m co-owner of the group, so I’m by no means going to desert it as a result of it’s what I like to do.
“I imagine everyone has a shelf life in a job and I’ve come to the top of mine.
“I can nonetheless contribute however I would like to consider the longer term going ahead and bringing any individual up and doing this position is a unbelievable problem for me.
“That might be one of many subsequent chapters. I’ve somebody in thoughts, however I can’t let you know who.”