SAO PAULO (Information) – Lewis Hamilton intends to remain in Components One past 2020 however he mentioned on Thursday he needed to know Mercedes staff boss Toto Wolff’s private plans earlier than agreeing any new deal.
Components One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton Press Convention – Resort Tangara, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 13, 2019 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton throughout press convention Information/Amanda Perobelli
The six occasions world champion, like most of his rivals, is out of contract after subsequent season with a serious shakeup of the game scheduled for 2021.
He acknowledged on the Brazilian Grand Prix, nonetheless, that he was “sort of joined on the hip” with Mercedes after seven years collectively.
There is also change on the helm of Components One post-2020 and Austrian Wolff has been talked of as somebody who may play such a job.
“I do know that being caught in any place for too lengthy also can not at all times be a optimistic so I at all times need folks to unfold their wings and do what’s greatest for his or her careers,” mentioned Hamilton.
“I don’t know what that’s for him (Wolff), solely he’ll know,” added the Briton, who mentioned Wolf has been “the proper match” for him and Mercedes.
“Naturally I don’t need him to depart, notably if I’m staying within the sport. It is very important me and I’m ready additionally to see the place his head is at.”
Wolff isn’t in Brazil for Sunday’s penultimate race of the season, with Mercedes having already received each titles for an unprecedented sixth 12 months in succession.
Hamilton clinched his sixth championship in Texas this month and will likely be aiming to equal Michael Schumacher’s file seven subsequent 12 months, when he will likely be 35 years outdated.
The Briton’s final contract negotiations had been protracted and followers nonetheless speculate on whether or not he would possibly finish his profession at Ferrari.
“I’ve clearly thought-about the subsequent couple of years. I do know that I need to proceed racing, I like what I’m doing. I see no cause for me to cease any time quickly,” Hamilton mentioned.
“It’s nearly like I solely simply did this contract and I’ve already acquired to start out speaking in regards to the potential of the subsequent one.
“It’s one other tense second the place it’s a must to… get into the ring and have a pleasant but intense dialog about phrases and all these sort of issues. However I’m used to it and wish to suppose I’m a comparatively good negotiator.”
Hamilton additionally revealed he had obtained textual content messages from 2007 McLaren staff mate Fernando Alonso and former McLaren boss Ron Dennis after Austin.
“Seeing Ron’s textual content, it actually touched me inside,” mentioned the champion, who first met Dennis as a 10-year-old go-karter.
“He noticed one thing in me that nobody else did apart from my dad. He gave me a possibility to showcase my skills and to study and to develop. With out him, I almost definitely wouldn’t have made it to F1.”
Writing by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Ken Ferris