Toto Wolff says Hamilton’s Mercedes contract extension is a certainty

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton told him: “Look, I have another five years in me, how do you see that?”

Lewis Hamilton’s current contract with Mercedes will expire at the end of 2023. However, in a talk with Channel 4’s David Coulthard, team boss Toto Wolff said a contract extension is a certainty.

“The advantage is we speak a lot together,” the Austrian said.

“Just last week we sat down and he says ‘look, I have another five years in me, how do you see that?

“Over time we have just grown together. We are totally transparent with each other. Lewis will be the first one to say ‘I can’t do this anymore – because I feel I haven’t got the reactions anymore’, or ‘I’ve just lost fun doing it and there is another generation growing up that is just very strong’.

“So I have no doubt that whatever we agree on a contract extension, which is going to happen, that we both are always going to discuss, very openly, what does the future hold.”

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Toto then said it would not be uncommon for sports greats to compete into their 40s.

“I don’t know if 40 is that age where you say that is not adequate anymore for a racing driver.

“If you look at where Fernando [Alonso] is with 41 years, he’s still very much there. Now, is he the same Fernando that he was at 25? I don’t know, but he’s very competitive still.

“You look at [NFL star] Tom Brady, who is somebody I really admire for having the discipline in how he manages his life and his sport, he’s 43 or 44 and he’s on the pitch.

“So Lewis, with the way he leads his life, with the full, ultra-narrow focus on his Formula 1 racing – all the others are just hobbies – I think he can take it quite far,” Wolff concluded.

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