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Toto Wolff ABSOLUTELY expects Lewis Hamilton to renew his contract and STAY at Mercedes beyond 2023

Toto Wolff ‘ABSOLUTELY’ expects Lewis Hamilton to renew his contract and STAY at Mercedes beyond 2023… despite the Brit’s turbulent and winless season with the Silver Arrows

  • Toto Wolff fully expects Lewis Hamilton to renew his contract with Mercedes
  • The team principal insisted there is ‘no reason’ for him to quit after next season
  • Hamilton endured a difficult season this year and failed to seal a single race win
  • The 37-year-old driver’s contract with the Silver Arrows will expire after 2023
  • Wolff said an extension is ‘one of the topics’ Mercedes will discuss this winter 

Toto Wolff has urged there is ‘no reason’ for Lewis Hamilton to leave Mercedes after the end of next season, admitting that the Brit’s contract will be ‘one of the topics’ his team will look into during the winter break.

Hamilton’s future in Formula One was speculated at the end of the 2021 campaign after his title tussle with eventual champion Max Verstappen ended in controversial circumstances during the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Although the 37-year-old returned to drive for Mercedes once again last season, his team struggled with a hatful of issues – notably a porpoising car during the first half of the year – and he failed to record a single race win as a result.

Toto Wolff says there is 'no reason' for Lewis Hamilton to quit Mercedes at the end of next year

Toto Wolff says there is ‘no reason’ for Lewis Hamilton to quit Mercedes at the end of next year

The 37-year-old star's contract with the Silver Arrows is set to expire after the 2023 campaign

The 37-year-old star’s contract with the Silver Arrows is set to expire after the 2023 campaign

Ahead of another title pursuit, Hamilton is set to return for the Silver Arrows next season alongside team-mate George Russell, who finished above the seven-time champion in the standings last year.

Despite a difficult campaign at Mercedes, Wolff ‘absolutely’ expects Hamilton to remain as a driver for the team beyond 2023.

He told F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast: ‘Certainly, Lewis’ contract is one of the topics that we will tackle over the winter.

‘There’s no firm deadline. Absolutely, Lewis is part of the team and the team is part of Lewis. 

Hamilton endured a winless year as Mercedes struggled for pace with their 'porpoising' car

Hamilton endured a winless year as Mercedes struggled for pace with their ‘porpoising’ car

Wolff praised the seven-time champion for being 'hungry and eager' ahead of new challenges

Wolff praised the seven-time champion for being ‘hungry and eager’ ahead of new challenges

‘[There is] no reason [for that] to not continue. I think one of his strengths is that he’s always hungry, always eager. 

‘He’s a great sportsman but he’s also someone who is extremely driven and determined.’ 

Hamilton previously declared that he would not race beyond his 40th birthday – which would be in January 2025 – but is still eager to hunt down a record-breaking eighth driver’s championship title.

Mercedes showed more pace towards the latter stages of last season and carved out their first race win of the season in Interlagos, with Russell topping the podium ahead of Hamilton in second.

Hamilton's team-mate George Russell thinks he has what it takes to challenge for the 2023 title

Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell thinks he has what it takes to challenge for the 2023 title

Eager to put his name forward as an early contender for next season’s crown, Russell insisted that he now has what it takes to compete with Verstappen, who claimed a record-breaking total of 15 race wins in 2022.

‘I think I’ve got enough experience now that I feel ready to fight for a championship and be able to handle the challenges and difficulties that come with it,’ he told Racer.

‘Obviously the likes of Lewis and Max have more experience in that scenario. But if you go out and you put it on pole and win every race you will be world champion. So you have just got to focus on smaller details and it’s in your own hands, almost.’


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