Toto Wolff has revealed there is a 25 per cent chance Lewis Hamilton will not renew his Mercedes contract. The Brit has 12 months remaining on his current deal and is wanted by Ferrari.
Hamilton secured his sixth world title this year and can equal Michael Schumacher’s record next term.
However, his future beyond 2020 is up in the air and talks with Ferrari are ongoing behind the scenes.
Wolff admitted ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that he was relaxed about his star’s future.
But following the race the Silver Arrows chief admitted Hamilton could walk away.
“I am leaning myself out of the window here, and I would rate it at 75 per cent,” Wolff said.
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“I hope that our relationship continues but there is a 25 per cent chance we are not in control of.
“A sports team is not static. It is dynamic. That means there is always going to be change, and change can provide opportunity.
“If one important member of the team breaks out, that provides risk, but also an opportunity at the same time.”
Reports circulated last week that Hamilton has held two private meetings with Ferrari chairman John Elkann.
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And the 34-year-old did little to quell the speculation when asked if there was any truth in the talk.
“Naturally, everything that happens behind closed doors is always private with whoever you end up sitting with,” Hamilton said after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“For many years I have never ever sat down and considered other options because we have been driving straight ahead on to the path and journey we have been on.
“We are still on that path and there is very little that is going to shift that.
“But I know Toto is looking at his options, in terms of his future, and only he will know what is the best thing for him and his family.
“So, I am waiting to see what he is doing with that.”
Meanwhile, Wolff’s future is also up in the air as he is being tipped to take up a position with the FIA.
“I love where I am so it is definitely not a quick decision to do something else but it is only smart and wise for me to sit and think of what I want if it is the last stage of my career,” Wolff added.
“I want to keep winning, and I want to be fighting with these guys. I cannot tell you what is going to happen moving forward.
“I love where I am so it is definitely not a quick decision to do something else but it is only smart and wise for me to sit and think of what I want if it is the last stage of my career.”
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