Mercedes boss ‘completely OK’ with Hamilton speaking to Ferrari

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ABU DHABI (Information) – Mercedes Method One workforce boss Toto Wolff stated he would don’t have any downside with Lewis Hamilton speaking to Ferrari a few transfer in 2021 after stories in Italy claimed conferences had already occurred.

The 34-year-old Briton, now a six-time world champion, will likely be a free agent when his Mercedes deal runs out on the finish of subsequent yr.

Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper reported Hamilton had twice met with Ferrari chairman John Elkann.

Requested on the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix how he would really feel about Hamilton speaking to Ferrari, Wolff replied: “I’m completely OK with that.

“I feel this can be a free world and I recognise that everyone must discover profession choices, and make the perfect choice for themselves. Drivers and everyone else included.”

Wolff stated Mercedes wanted to offer the drivers with the quickest automobile and if that occurred, all the things pointed to Hamilton staying even when nothing was sure.

“I’ve began to embrace the truth that everyone has targets and must have the very best alternative for his profession,” stated Wolff, who has been tipped as a substitute for Method One head Chase Carey.

“In that respect, I’m completely open for everyone to discover choices.”

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, a four-time world champion, may also be out of contract on the finish of 2020. He has been overwhelmed by 22-year-old workforce mate Charles Leclerc this yr, prompting hypothesis he might go away or retire.

Mercedes’ personal future in Method One just isn’t assured past 2020, with the German firm competing within the electrical Method E collection and mother or father Daimler investing closely in electrical automobiles.

Ferrari workforce boss Mattia Binotto praised Hamilton on Friday, saying he was blissful the Briton could be available on the market.

“You can even guess that if his chairman meets with him, he’s not going to speak badly about that both,” commented Wolff.

Hamilton, who certified on pole place at Yas Marina, stated it was the primary praise he might recall from Ferrari in 13 years.

“It has been a protracted, very long time and a workforce that I’ve all the time appreciated over time, so to earn their respect from somebody from there who’s clearly very excessive up is clearly not a nasty factor,” Hamilton stated.

“I feel they’ve received two nice drivers so who is aware of what the driving force market’s going to be doing over the following yr.”

Enhancing by Alan Baldwin and Ian Chadband