Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport driver Lewis Hamilton (44) of Great Britain holds up the Union Jack as he celebrates winning his sixth world championship. (Reuters)
Lewis Hamilton intends to stay in Formula One beyond 2020 but he said on Thursday he wanted to know Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff’s personal plans before agreeing on any new deal.
The six-time world champion, like most of his rivals, is out of contract after next season with a major shakeup of the sport scheduled for 2021.
He recognized at the Brazilian Grand Prix, however, that he was “kind of joined at the hip” with Mercedes after seven years together.
There could also be change at the helm of Formula One post-2020 and Austrian Wolff has been talked of as someone who could play such a role.
“I know that being stuck in any position for too long can also not always be a positive so I always want people to spread their wings and do what’s best for their careers,” said Hamilton.
“I don’t know what that is for him (Wolff), only he will know,” added the Briton, who said Wolf has been “the perfect match” for him and Mercedes.
“Naturally I don’t want him to leave, particularly if I’m staying in the sport. It is important to me and I am waiting also to see where his head is at.”