After to win the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna, which allowed him to increase his record of 93 wins in the F1, English Lewis Hamilton put a question mark to his continuity in the team Mercedes and in the category itself.
"I don't even know if I'm going to be here next year," said Hamilton, who is on his way to his seventh title, in response to a question about his boss's future Toto wolff, who is one of the team's shareholders and has spoken about his desire to hand over the controls.
The 35-year-old Hamilton will end his contract at the end of the season and has yet to sign a new deal, although he is expected to eventually do so.
Cross-examined on his answer, Hamilton continued: "I feel very good and still strong (...) but you spoke about Toto and the expiration date and there are many things that are at the top of my mind."
“I would like to be here next year, but there is no guarantee of that, for sure. There are many things that excite me in my life outside of racing, so time will tell ”, He added.
When asked in a different video conference about Hamilton's words, Wolff attributed them to the heat and emotion of the moment. The Austrian said he doesn't think Hamilton, the most successful driver of all time in terms of victories, is about to quit. “I hope that doesn't happen. I think we're going to have a pretty hectic driver market out there (if he goes away) ”, He added.
"I believe that nothing is safe forever", said Wolff, the great leader of a team that after the victory in Imola achieved his seventh Builders Cup consecutive. “Like Niki Lauda in the '70s, he might wake up on a Friday or Saturday morning at the track and say he's no longer having fun. I think that can happen to anyone, but we want to continue this journey. Lewis and I and the whole team are not done. "
The last antecedent of something similar happened with the German Nico Rosberg, Hamilton's former teammate, who surprised Mercedes when he announced his retirement days after winning the championship in 2016.