It was time to celebrate in the Mercedes stand. While Lewis Hamilton’s victory over Valtteri Bottas secured the German constructor the world title with four races to go, Max Verstappen’s retirement also confirmed that the drivers’ title will be played between the Briton and the Finn. . But the six-time world champion dampened the mood when he presented himself at the traditional post-race press conference, reserved for the three drivers who took place on the podium. Indeed, he blows a wind of change within the team based in Brackley with Toto Wolff who no longer hides being in search of his successor in the years to come. But, as Formula 1 prepares for a revolution and arrives at the end of his contract at the end of the season, Lewis Hamilton has delivered the bottom of his thoughts.
Hamilton talks about departure, Wolff assures denial
It only took a sentence for Lewis Hamilton to stir the whole Imola paddock. “I feel great, I’m in great shape, I feel able to continue. But you mentioned Toto Wolff, our lifespans … There are a lot of things on my mind, said the Briton before setting off a blast. There is no guarantee that I will be in F1 next year. There are lots of things that make me want in the next life. The future will tell … “As he is on the verge of equaling Michael Schumacher and his seven titles, Lewis Hamilton has opened the door to a non-extension of his contract with Mercedes and a departure from Formula 1 While negotiations on the subject have not yet started, Toto Wolff has tried to play down. “I don’t think that will happen. I think Lewis was speaking emotionally, the Silver Arrows boss told reporters. But if he leaves, there will be people to take his place. It’s going to be madness! “Indeed, while Mercedes has been the dominant force in F1 for the past seven years, there will be a seat in it that will be run by almost the entire paddock.