Mercedes boss Toto Wolff open to Sebastian Vettel deal with Lewis Hamilton

Toto Wolff admits he will be keeping an eye on Sebastian Vettel’s situation as the German announced earlier today that he is set to leave Ferrari at the end of the year when his contract expires.

Vettel has failed to end the Prancing Horse’s 12-year Championship drought since moving from Red Bull in 2015.

Ferrari will look to put their trust in younger drivers from 2021 as they hunt for a new partner for Charles Leclerc.

There is some uncertainty surrounding whether Vettel will retire or look for a seat with another F1 team.And Wolff hinted he would welcome the four-time world champion at Mercedes next season.

“Sebastian is a great driver, with a great personality and an asset to any Formula 1 team,” said Wolff.

“With a view to the future, we are primarily committed to loyalty to our current Mercedes drivers, but of course we cannot ignore this development.”

Both of Mercedes’ drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, are out of contract at the end of the season.

Talks are ongoing between Hamilton and the Silver Arrows over a blockbuster extension as he looks to surpass Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Championships, of which he is just one behind.

If Vettel was to join the Brackley-based manufacturer it is feasible he could partner the Brit.

Bottas, aged 30, must prove his worth when the F1 campaign gets underway by challenging for the world title.


  • Sebastian Vettel drops F1 retirement hint as he confirms Ferrari exit

Failure to do so could see him moved on with Vettel now a clear possibility to replace him.

Alternatively, Hamilton may opt to fulfil his childhood dream of racing in the famous Italian red of Ferrari.

For the 35-year-old to make such a decision he would need assurance that their car is capable of winning every race, which seems unlikely.

Vettel hinted he could retire later this year in a statement released this morning.

“My relationship with Scuderia Ferrari will finish at the end of 2020,” he said. “In order to get the best possible results in this sport, it’s vital for all parties to work in perfect harmony. The team and I have realised that there is no longer a common desire to stay together beyond the end of this season.

“Financial matters have played no part in this joint decision. That’s not the way I think when it comes to making certain choices and it never will be.

“What’s been happening in these past few months has led many of us to reflect on what are our real priorities in life. One needs to use one’s imagination and to adopt a new approach to a situation that has changed. I myself will take the time I need to reflect on what really matters when it comes to my future.

“Scuderia Ferrari occupies a special place in Formula 1 and I hope it gets all the success it deserves.

“Finally, I want to thank the whole Ferrari family and above all its ‘tifosi’ all around the world, for the support they have given me over the years. My immediate goal is to finish my long stint with Ferrari, in the hope of sharing some more beautiful moments together, to add to all those we have enjoyed so far.”

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