Hamilton's Mercedes future influenced by Wolff decision

Lewis Hamilton says he is keen to learn if Toto Wolff will be staying at Mercedes beyond 2020 before committing his own future to the Silver Arrows.

Like Hamilton Wolff is on a contract that expires at the end of 2020 and the Austrian recently suggested that there was no guarantee that Mercedes would remain in F1 under Liberty Media’s new regulations.

Wolff has also been linked with a potential switch to leading F1 if Chase Carey departs his role of CEO, but has previously denied that he would be interested.

Regardless, with Hamilton braced for the “confrontation” of his own contract talks, he says Wolff’s thought-process could well influence his own.

“He is, and has been, close to perfect,” said Hamilton of his team principal. “It’s been the perfect match so naturally I don’t want him to leave, particularly if I’m staying in the sport.

“But ultimately that is going to be his choice.

“If you look at some places that have been built, it will continue for a period of time and then a new person that comes in will most likely do things their own way.

“But I think, more often than not, it can go the wrong way.

“But again, at this team, it is not one person. It is a huge group of people, and they are not going to be leaving in general.

“So they can continue to do the job they do. That is important to me, so I am waiting to sort of see where he is, where his head is at.”