Hamilton to Ferrari a 25% chance – Wolff

Toto Wolff believes there is a one in four chance of Lewis Hamilton jumping ship from Mercedes to Ferrari in 2021.

The season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was played out to a backdrop of regular comments and speculation regarding Hamilton and the Scuderia, as he enters the final year of his Mercedes deal in 2020.

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto said in Abu Dhabi that he was happy to see Hamilton on the market, which was followed by Wolff saying he would not block Hamilton’s path if he were to seek a move to Maranello.

Gazzetta dello Sport also reported that Hamilton and Ferrari president John Elkann have twice met in 2019, but Wolff still fancies his chances of keeping his star driver.

“I would rate it personally – and I’m leaning myself out of the window here – I would rate it at 75 per cent,” he said.

“I give you [that] number because I think from the rational, everything speaks for [the] continuation of the relationship, from both sides. But equally, there is a 25 per cent chance that we are not in control of. So we’ll see how the next months pan out.

“For me, as long as we are able to produce a quick car and powerful engine, we will always have the opportunity to decide who drives the car. And I think that will no doubt be Lewis’ priority to try to make it work with the team.

“I will try to make it work with Lewis, but the most important thing is that we have a good car. [Then] we are able to decide for ourselves.

“I know that we want to have the strongest possible line-up in 2021 and there’s a full year to go.

“I think the silly season is going to start soon and conversations are going to begin. And whether we know our driver line-up in April, July or October is not important.”