Oct.4 - Lewis Hamilton wants and is capable of keeping his Mercedes seat for five more years, according to team boss Toto Wolff.

After the seven time world champion's highly controversial 2021 title loss, as well as his struggle with Mercedes' 2022 car, some have wondered if 37-year-old Hamilton is now racing towards retirement.

The British driver is under contract until the end of next season and Wolff says contract talks about 2024 have already begun.

"Last week we sat down and he says 'Look, I have another five years in me - how do you see that?' We are totally transparent with each other."

Wolff's response to Hamilton was that he thinks he is more than capable of emulating Fernando Alonso and racing well beyond his 40th birthday.

"Now, is he the same Fernando that he was at 25? I don't know but he's still very competitive," said Wolff.

"So Lewis, with the way he leads his life, with the full, ultra-narrow focus on his Formula 1 racing - I think he can take it quite far," he told Channel 4.

At the same time, Wolff thinks Hamilton will be able to recognise when he is no longer up to the job.

"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."


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38 F1 Fan comments on “Mercedes and Hamilton working on new five-year F1 deal

  1. f1award

    I really had Leclerc down for his seat, happy to be wrong. Even happier that shoodypost, canadianidiot, susan etc will be loosing sleep due to excessive hate and anger.

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    • shroppyfly

      you missed out calling us Racists, what happened did you forget? As for a 5yr deal do us a favour, even, EVEN if it was penned , it would well weighted in terms on 12mth sections, with Merc free to say NO, AND if she does continue, it will be wonderful watching the younguns beat her week in week out, So while it makes more sense for the once Darling of F1 to leave quietly, as she drops down the grid , Shell get less press time so all good really...

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      • Donalf

        He missed me out as well unless I was the "etc" anyway, didn't think that you were responding to F6 until he stops all this hate & kkk business. Looks to me like RB going to be in the clear as to the cost cap,, if so look out for the red faces & docking of caps.

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    • TruePost

      Hey, F1Award, sorry I'm late, I was sleeping in.

      You really have to get over this Lewis hate stuff. A lot of us can't claim your level of genius, but we can have opinions just the same. Myself, I like everybody, well maybe not Latifi, but I happen to think Lewis is on his way out, he can stick around all he wants, just like Alonzo, but his better years are behind him.

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      • Donalf

        To be honest I haven't got a problem with sir Lulu staying on for another 5 years as long as he is being challenged & challenging,, at the moment he's having to work for his positions instead of flying off into the distance,, get the right tracks & I think we'll be on the edge of our seats again.

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  2. CanadianEh

    I suspect everyone leaves when the fire in their belly goes out. In other cases, the talent fades under the shadow of age or attitude. Listening to The Dame cussing out the team at Singapore suggests a shift in attitude has occurred. Now, Mercedes management appear to be magnanimous at the moment. I would be surprised if their patience with The Dame's trash-talking wears thin, very quickly. Another five-year contract? Yeah, right!

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  3. ReallyOldRacer

    It is SO difficult to let go, even when we know that we should. Denial is addictive. The knight is at his darkest and, trust me, when it comes to belly fire he is no Alonzo.

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      • shroppyfly

        News just in From Merc f1, The Dames pulled out of this weekends race, he has some acne on his face and cant face the media,why not the Bull weve had this yr from bad back, to blood blisters.

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    • shroppyfly

      Under pressure at weekend two mistakes,and it wasn't even for the lead, Max one error but came back and monstered the race, The girl interviewed all smiles and laughs-started 3rd finished 9th place, Max started 8th --finished 7th and looked well pissed off, but as always your right , what Alonso does with that Renpine is magic, and hes 4 years older than the girl, would he get more out of the Merc than the dame ? Suzuka another big track, big challenge , maybe another wet race, some knock Honda, but he had the foresight to build his own f1 track, Merc are good, but they again should have bought Hockenheim-Renamed it the Mercedes ring, im sure itll get mentioned but Rip Jules, and good luck to Max and Honda to clinch the WDC at there own track,I predict an announcement anyway from Honda or Rb this weekend

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      • CanadianEh

        I wonder if the Mercedes management aren't ruing the day they said "Adios mofo" to Alonso. He had two WDC at the time. Just imagine him in the all-conquering Mercedes chassis - perhaps he'd have 9 WDC by now. And The Dame would be yesterdays news.

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  4. smokey

    Louise is past her best and needs to hang up the bash hat to give a bright new talent an opportunity! The IndyCar series in America has some geriatrics competing, however, IMO F1 is more for the young chargers rather than those living in the past. Alonso still has it, however, Louise has lost it! When you are outperformed by your team mate each race, it's time to retire to IndyCars!

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  5. Donalf

    Fia now saying that they need more time to sort price cap discrepancies as they want to get it right, 8 months since the financial books were presented and still they need more time even track penalties take an age to come through, it's a good job their not running the country.

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  6. Donalf

    Shropp this is serious, all this prolonging crap isn't doing my anxiety any good if I'm ill over this I'll sue,, would be better if they just give sir Lulu last years title and have done with it as that's what it's all about, absolute crap.

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    • shroppyfly

      Smuggy and his lad dont deserve last years title due to them being seriously oversmug this year. Smugg snr is trying hard, whereas Smug jnr thinks everything's a joke and still hasn't changed his name as he said he'd do, thank god for King G, who hasn't really put a foot wrong this year. Max monsters, Ferrari whinge or cry, then blow up, Merc though are branching out, in building new space hoppers based on this years car, with inbuilt whinge sensor and covered in BS and Excuse decals just in time for the Christmas sales, but yes Its very serious.... Black space hoppers, Mcl are suing saying all space hoppers should be Mcl papaya colours

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  7. Blo

    Watch out Max, fastest car, already good at grumpy whingeing, very rich, the sad envious nobody’s will be after you next. Or will they pursue Lewis wherever he goes like the sick stalkers they are. 😂

    The only reason they want Lewis to retire is because they are terrified of him beating you and they can’t wait to turn on you.lol.

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  8. Susan

    Five more years of hearing Lewis’ latest gripe, whine, complaint, shoot me now. Think I’ll take Vettel’s stance on saving electricity, starting with F1 races.

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    • Blo

      Drama queen. It’s only a game and you don’t have to listen if you don’t like him. Max is just as bad and he’s got the best car and another wdc in the bag.

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