‘If I decided to quit, Hamilton would continue to win’ – Toto Wolff

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Toto Wolff admits his tenure as Mercedes’ team principal is “taking its toll” on him, but says he will definitely remain involved with the team.

Wolff’s current deal with Mercedes expires at the end of 2020 and Autosport reports that the Austrian is likely to move into a new position within the company that would not require him to attend all races. Wolff is still being relatively coy about his next move, but he admits he definitely wants to remain involved with the team.

“I love this team and I get along with [Mercedes CEO] Ola Kallenius fantastically,” Wolff said.

“I think this is my place. It is just that eight years in this team as a team principal are taking its toll, and this is something that I’m reflecting on.

“It is important to take the right decision for my family and myself, but you can be sure that I will be involved in this team in some way or other.”

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Many are speculating that Wolff’s decision might also impact Lewis Hamilton’s next move. The Briton’s contract with Mercedes also expires at the end of 2020.

“Our relationship is strong, as far as a professional relationship allows,” Wolff explains.

“We are friends. But if I decided to quit, he would continue to win because there are so many good people in the team.

“It’s just as if he had to quit we would lose a great driver, but Mercedes would not start losing championships as long as we have the best car and the best drivers.”

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