However, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says both will have “great options” even if Mercedes doesn’t sign them.
“George and Valtteri would have probably more than one option to stay in Formula 1 and race in Formula 1 with an attractive outlook,” said the Austrian.
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“Most teams see themselves as challenger teams, that they expect a big step to be done next year because of the cost cap that is now valid for everybody.
“They’ve concentrated on next year’s development very early, you can see that Alfa, Williams haven’t brought in a huge amount of pieces anymore for a while.
“I think George and Valtteri would have, whatever we decide, great options,” concluded Wolff.