Amongst contract talks between Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff has conceded to the fact that Hamilton could sign for Ferrari for a short stint before the end of his career.
Hamilton is on the verge of signing a massive deal with Mercedes that should keep him at the team until 2020 at least. The Brit is keen on getting the deal done before the Australian Open so as to not let all the ‘contract related’ talk affect him during the season.
While Wolff wants Hamilton to end his career with the silver arrows, he feels that there is a possibility of Lewis making the shift to Ferrari before the end of his career, as it still remains as a major attraction for every F1 driver.
“Lewis is the best driver of the modern generation,” Wolff said.(as quoted by Daily Mail)
“So of course, I’d like to keep him with us for as long as possible.
“But I think he has at least one more contract in him after this next one and Ferrari remains an attraction for every driver.”
Wolff says that Mercedes and Hamilton share a very healthy relationship which has grown over the years, however, he accepts that things could get a little ‘tense’ during the season.
“He is happy,” Wolff said.
“Our relationship has gone from strength to strength. But of course, during a season things can become tenser.” he added.
Mercedes would be vying for its 5th consecutive constructor’s championship, a record that will bring them equal with their close rivals Ferrari.
Wolff is looking forward to the season and feels that the car is good enough to perform better than last season.
“Even though I’m afraid to say it because I’m superstitious, I feel better now than last season. We had a solid testing. Last year our car was a bit unpredictable but this year she did what we expected.
“She appears to be less of a diva. We wanted to keep the character traits of the beautiful lady but not have her as capricious.
“It seems almost surreal to think what we’ve achieved in the last four years. But every year is like climbing Mount Everest and at the start of the season I feel myself in base camp.” Wolff concluded.