TOTO WOLFF has dismissed Lewis Hamilton’s give up menace and is assured the world champion WILL signal a brand new cope with Mercedes.
Hamilton, whose contract expires in December, made the startling revelation after successful the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix final Sunday.
Toto Wolff believes Lewis Hamilton will proceed in F1Credit score: Getty
Requested by SunSport about Wolff‘s personal unsure future, Hamilton replied: “I do not even know if I’ll be right here subsequent yr.”
He mentioned: “I feel we go collectively in a approach. We’ve a symbiosis and clearly it is vital the place our coronary heart is and mindset is for subsequent yr.
“However I’ve mentioned that that is my group. I am in a really proud nook with Mercedes and I am not going to go anyplace.
“My position might change sooner or later, and it is one thing that he’s requested and, and I feel nothing is ever safe.
“It was like Niki Lauda within the 1970′. You may get up one morning on a Friday or Saturday morning on a monitor and say ‘I am simply not having enjoyable anymore.’
“And I feel that may occur to anyone, however we wish to proceed this journey. We’re not completed. Lewis and I and all of the group, we’re not completed.”
It’s most uncommon to see each Wolff and Hamilton wind down their respective offers, particularly as Valtteri Bottas was confirmed for 2021 again in August.
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However Wolff says that the delay has been brought on as a result of they’re targeted on successful their respective titles.
And he hinted that Hamilton’s talks might even rumble into subsequent yr earlier than the season opener in Melbourne in the course of March.
However Wolff, who’s weighing up a brand new position as chairman of the Mercedes F1 group, says he’s near agreeing new phrases.
He added: “With Mercedes and I, we’re just about clear – it is simply all the way down to placing pen on the paper on the proper second.
“I used to be additionally concentrating on bringing these championships dwelling and it at all times feels not proper to spend days with legal professionals, once I’m so targeted on what’s taking place on monitor.
“That that is the place Lewis and I are very related. It simply did not really feel the fitting opportune second to take a seat down earlier than these championships weren’t finished.
“There might be a second when the drivers’ championship goes to be determined, to take a seat down. And we now have just a few months earlier than the primary race occurs in Australia.”
Nevertheless, if Hamilton does certainly give up, it might not be the primary time Mercedes and Wolff have been caught chilly.
Nico Rosberg made the shock choice to retire from F1 after successful the 2016 title, leaving Merc within the lurch.