Toto Wolff will wait until the new Formula One season begins discussing a new contract with Lewis Hamilton, but the Mercedes boss has admitted that he could change his own role in & # 39; s highly conquering Silver Arrows.

With the delayed season set to begin in Austria in July, Wolff said he hoped to have an agreement in place "fairly soon" with six-time world champion Hamilton, but even so it would not be a move for Sebastian Vettel, who & # 39; will be leaving Ferrari this winter.

Hamilton, 35, is widely expected to agree to fresh conditions, but Wolff said no discussions have taken place during the final termination of & # 39; the sport in the middle of & # 39; e pandemic of coronavirus.

"We have not seen each other on lockdown, we have been in different parts of the world but in regular contact," said Wolff, who has supported Hamilton's attitude in proclaiming a lack of diversity in Formula One after the death of George Floyd in the United States.

& # 39; We have not worked on any agreement between us, but there is a lot of confidence, we have been together for a long time & now we did not have to take out the contract and read what we were writing, because it comes so naturally.

"Once racing is through, we will spend some time together, take out the contract, look at the timings, the numbers, the rights, and hopefully have something soon."

Last month, the driver market got an early shock with the surprising news that Vettel Ferrari would leave, which snapped Carlos Sainz as his replacement, while Daniel Ricciardo agreed a deal to take McLaren out of Renault.

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<figcaption>Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari this winter (Martin Rickett / PA)</figcaption></figure>
<p>The options open to Vettel now appear limited, but Wolff was adamant that Mercedes could be considered one of them.</p>
<p>& # 39; It's not lip service & # 39 ;, said Wolff, who pointed to the abrupt retirement of Nico Rosberg in 2016 as the kind of thing that could change plans overnight. “We owe it to a four-time world champion not to come out and say 'no' right away. You have to think about it.</p>
<p>"On the other hand, we have a fantastic line-up and I am very pleased with both our pilots and George (Russell, the Williams driver who is part of the Mercedes & # 39; program)."</p>
<p>Last week, parent company Daimler of Mercedes was forced to dismiss reports that its commitment to the sport was in doubt, while Wolff was linked to a purchase that doesn't involve Aston Martin – a company in which he is a shareholder.</p>
<p>But the Austrian dismissed those reports, saying he was committed to the team with which he has masterminded an almost total dominance of the turbo-hybrid era.</p>
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<figcaption>Wolff dismissed suggestions that he was looking to leave Mercedes, but acknowledged that he saw the best role for him to play (Steven Paston / PA)</figcaption></figure>
<p>"As for my future, I bought a few shares in Aston Martin as a financial investment … (but) my executive functions have not changed at Mercedes," he said.</p>
<p>“I'm a team leader and a shareholder. It's clear if there aren't any other headlines that the Aston Martin thing is causing some waves. I plan on using Mercedes and have the best intentions of staying here and that has not changed. "</p>
<p>However, Wolff acknowledged that he was in talks with Daimler chairman Ola Kallenius about his exact role ahead.</p>
<p>& # 39; I have to force myself, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I don't want to be a team leader who goes from great to great, without realizing that I don't add as much as I did before.</p>
<p>& # 39; I still feel like I can add a lot, but of course I think about my future, I'm talking to Ola about how it's going, it's not a simple employment contract, it's about a shareholding. We are in the middle of the process of cutting our common future.</p>
<p>“And that's why I don't want to stick to any particular word formation, team principle or manager. That doesn't matter.</p>
<p>& # 39; To be honest with you, I haven't made a decision yet. We haven't even started racing. That all these appointments and talks happen as we speak. "</p>


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