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Toto Wolff insists Lewis Hamilton will sign new Mercedes deal

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Toto Wolff insists Lewis Hamilton signs a new Mercedes deal ‘is going to HAPPEN’ and the Briton has ‘FIVE more years’ in the tank’…with the seven-time world champion who will race in his 40s to break Michael Schumacher’s file

  • Toto Wolff claimed Lewis Hamilton is ready to race for another five years
  • The seven-time world champion signs an extension to his current contract
  • His contract with constructors champion Mercedes expires at the end of 2023
  • But by the climax of next season, Hamilton is approaching his 39th birthday

Toto Wolff claims Lewis Hamilton is confident he can race in Formula 1 for at least another five years.

Hamilton has previously said he doesn’t see himself competing in his 40s, but with his current deal at the end of 2023, Wolff stated an extension is “going to happen”.

Hamilton is the joint world championship winner out of seven, and needs just one more title to beat legendary German Michael Schumacher as the undisputed greatest driver of all time.

Toto Wolff insists Lewis Hamilton can continue racing after his 40th birthday

Mercedes team boss Wolff told David Coulthard for: Channel 4: ‘The advantage is that we talk to each other a lot [both live near each other in Monaco]. Last week we sat down and he says, “Look, I’ve got five more years in me, how do you see that?”

‘Over time, we just grew closer. We are completely transparent to each other. Lewis will be the first to say ‘I can’t do this anymore’ – because I feel like I don’t have the reactions anymore, or I just don’t enjoy doing it anymore and there’s another generation growing up that just very very powerful.

“So I have no doubt that whatever we agree on a contract extension that’s going to happen, we’ll both always very openly discuss what the future holds.”

Mercedes team boss also claimed that a contract extension 'will happen'

Mercedes team boss also claimed that a contract extension ‘will happen’

Hamilton himself hinted that there could be an extension in the French GP just before the F1 summer break, saying he would “sit down and talk” with his team at some point to discuss his future.

The British star made headlines again this weekend at the Singapore GP, but not quite in the way he has become accustomed to over the past 15 years.

Hamilton crashed out of lap 33 at the Singapore street circuit after running way too much speed into turn seven as his battle with Carlos Sainz for third place dropped him from fourth to ninth.

Hamilton has won six world titles at Mercedes

Hamilton has won six world titles at Mercedes

Before returning to the pit lane to get repairs done on his damaged Mercedes, he went to the team radio to say: “I’m so sorry guys. I’m ruining it terribly.’

It was the latest in a series of setbacks in what has been a hugely frustrating season for the seven-time world champion, although that is largely due to his car’s lack of performance against rivals Ferrari and Red Bull.

And Hamilton wouldn’t be the first world champion to be on the grid after his 40th birthday, with upcoming Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso still consistently reaching Q3 at 41.

Wolff added: “I don’t know if 40 is the age where you say that’s not enough for a driver anymore.

“If you look at where Fernando is at 41, he’s still there. Is he the same Fernando he was when he was 25? I don’t know, but he’s still very competitive.

“Look at Tom Brady, someone I really admire because he has the discipline to manage his life and his sport, he’s 43 or 44 and he’s on the pitch.

“So Lewis, with the way he’s living his life, with the full, ultra-narrow focus on his Formula 1 racing – everything else is just hobbies – I think he can go pretty far.”

Hamilton said he would sit down to discuss his future ahead of the summer break

Hamilton said he would sit down to discuss his future ahead of the summer break

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