Amid conflicting media toplines on how long F1 legend Lewis Hamilton would continue his Formula One career as a driver, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff had brushed aside concerns over an early-retirement of the 37-year-old adding that Hamilton could stay in F1 for another five years.
Aside from that, speaking in an interview with a press agency over recent past, Wolff said that he has vindicable reasons to believe the seven-time world champion would seize a record eighth title before quitting. In point of fact, Lewis Hamilton came close to winning an eighth driver’s championship title last year, but a mistake from the then-race referee Michael Masi while introducing a late safety car, had marred Hamilton’s chances of winning a record eighth driver’s championship title.
Wolff says Hamilton would stay in F1 for another five years
In tandem, latest remarks from Wolff came forth just days after Hamilton had expressed an out and out optimism over winning a record eighth driver’s championship title.
Nevertheless, Wolff said to the Press Association earlier this week, “am absolutely certain that Lewis can win the eighth world title with us. He is not going to go elsewhere, and if we can provide a car that is competitive and he can fight for wins, he is going to win more titles.
For him retirement, is still far away. But he asks himself, 'am I still happy with my performances?' And once he comes to the conclusion that he is not, he will be the first one to say that is it. I have no doubt that we will be extending [beyond 2023].
The science today can make sports people, if they are disciplined, go much longer than in the past. Look at Fernando Alonso. He is 41, and he is still mega so no doubt, there are many years left in Lewis”.