Published On: Mon, Nov 2nd, 2020

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff responds to Lewis Hamilton quit threat amid contract uncertainty | F1 | Sport

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has played down fears Lewis Hamilton could quit the sport at the end of the season.

Hamilton took another step towards a seventh world title on Sunday by winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.

The British driver can now win the title at the Turkish Grand Prix in two weeks, which would put him level with Michael Schumacher.

Victory in Imola also saw Mercedes win a seventh constructors title with Wolff in charge.

But the Austrian is set to step down as team principal for a senior role within the Silver Arrows.

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When asked about Wolff’s future on Sunday, Hamilton said: “I don’t even know if I’m going to be here next year so it’s not really a concern for me at the moment.

“We’re in November and it’s crazy that Christmas isn’t that far away.

“I feel great, I still feel very strong, I feel like I could keep going for plenty of months.

“But you mentioned about Toto and shelf-life, there’s multiple things that do stay on the top of my mind.

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Wolff said: “If he were to decide to step out of Formula 1, which I don’t think is going to happen, and I hope it’s not going to happen, we’re going to have a pretty frantic driver market out there.

“I think it’s [heat of] the moment, it’s the emotions. We are all happy but tired also.

“I’m never going to abandon it because it is something I love to do.

“I believe everyone has a certain shelf-life in a role and I haven’t come to the end of mine. I think I can still contribute but I need to think about the future moving forward.

“Bringing somebody up, developing him doing this role, is something that is a fantastic challenge for me and that will be one of the next chapters. But you will see me around for a while.”

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