Toto Wolff insists new deal for Lewis Hamilton 'is going to HAPPEN'

Toto Wolff insists that Lewis Hamilton signing a new Mercedes deal ‘is going to HAPPEN’ and the Brit has ‘another FIVE years’ in the tank’… with the seven-time world champion set to race into his 40s to break Michael Schumacher’s record

  • Toto Wolff claimed that Lewis Hamilton is ready to race for another five years
  • The seven-time world champion is set to sign an extension to his current deal
  • His contract with constructors champions Mercedes runs up at the end of 2023 
  • But by the climax of next season Hamilton will be approaching his 39th birthday 

Toto Wolff claims that Lewis Hamilton is confident he can race for at least another five years in Formula One. 

Hamilton has previously said he doesn’t see himself competing in his 40s, but with his current deal up at the end of 2023, Wolff stated that an extension ‘is going to happen’.

Hamilton is the joint-record world championship winner on seven, and needs just one more title to pull clear of legendary German Michael Schumacher as the undisputed greatest driver of all time.  

Toto Wolff is insistent that Lewis Hamilton can continue to race past his 40th birthday 

Mercedes team principal Wolff told David Coulthard for Channel 4: ‘The advantage is we speak a lot together [both live near each other in Monaco]. 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.’

The Mercedes team principal also claimed that a contract extension ‘is going to happen’

Hamilton himself hinted that an extension could be incoming at the French GP just before F1’s summer break, saying he would ‘sit down and talk’ with his team at some point to discuss his future. 

The British star once again caught the headlines in this weekend’s Singapore GP, but not quite in the way he has become so used to over the last 15 years. 

Hamilton crashed out of the 33rd lap on Singapore’s street circuit after carrying far too much pace at turn seven in his battle with Carlos Sainz for third place, in which he ended up falling from fourth to ninth. 

Hamilton has won six world titles at Mercedes

Before returning to the pit lane to receive repairs on his damaged Mercedes, he went on to the team radio to say: ‘‘I’m so sorry about that guys. I f***** it up big time.’ 

It was the latest in a series of setbacks in what has been a hugely frustrating season for the seven-time world champion, though that is largely as a result of his car’s lack of performance up against rivals Ferrari and Red Bull. 

And Hamilton would not be the first world champion to line up on the grid past his 40th birthday, with soon-to-be Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso still consistently reaching Q3 at the age of 41. 

Wolff added: ‘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 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 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.’ 

Hamilton said ahead of the summer break that he would be sitting down to discuss his future

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