Toto Wolff hints at Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 future

Toto Wolff has revealed he and Lewis Hamilton recently had discussions over the driver’s future – and joked that the Briton could stay for 100 more races!

Hamilton made his 300th F1 start at the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, where he earned his best result of the campaign so far by taking second place behind Max Verstappen.

The former seven-time world champion has a contract with Mercedes until the end of 2023, by which time he must have decided whether to keep racing – potentially in his 40s – or call it a career-best time in Formula 1 which has started. in 2007.

No serious information during the last conversation between the team principal and the driver about what the future might hold was leaked by Wolff, but he suggested that 300 would not necessarily be the last big milestone that Hamilton could reach with his number of Grand Prix appearances.

“We talked a few weeks ago about the duration of our partnership and the number that was discussed was five to 10 years, so we can come to 400,” joked the Austrian, quoted by the news agency. PA.

Last year, in an interview with Corriere della Sera, Hamilton said: “I sincerely hope I don’t race at 40. There are so many things I want to do that it would be difficult.”

Hamilton’s former team-mate Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, can see the 37-year-old Briton continuing, especially given how Hamilton has started to get the better of his current Mercedes colleague George Russell in recent years. races, and cites Fernando Alonso – only days shy of his 41st birthday – as inspiration for how age is no barrier to success.

“It looks like he’s still well positioned and relishing this new challenge of having George on his side, as it’s still just as important for Lewis to beat his team-mate,” Rosberg told Sky Sports News. “The teammate is the first guy you are measured against.

“Lewis did a wonderful job [in qualifying]really passed George on a lap of three or four tenths – that’s a lot, so really phenomenal driving from Lewis.

“I think he’s still motivated and well placed in the team, so I see him continuing, why not, for a few more years.

“In terms of performance, look at Fernando Alonso – he’s 40 and he’s still driving at his best. The way it beats [Esteban] Ocon right now is really impressive.