Wolff: Lewis ‘won’t walk out tomorrow’

It seems that the contract negotiations are going well according to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and he’s not expecting any surprise retirements from his 4-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

‘I think Lewis is a free spirit,’ Wolff said. ‘Lewis doesn’t want to be put in a box with people saying, “You need to behave like this and do this to be a racing driver”.

‘One of the key things for him is to be free and be able to decide what he wants to do. And in a certain way, keeping all the options open is something that takes pressure off of him.

‘He could be doing something completely different in a year or two or three’s time and I am aware of that, but equally I know he will protect the structure and not just say, “I’m out of here tomorrow”. But this is part of his strength actually.’

I’ve read a few articles where Lewis has been described as a “free spirit” and just wants his freedom and flexibility. For me, that makes a lot of sense when I look at how much he’s sacrificed to achieve what he has and how structured and regimented his life has been.

He’s a great driver but perhaps he sees a lot more to life than what he’s currently doing and with any future contract, he wants the freedom to explore that life. Look at Fernando Alonso and his open contract to race in other series and do other things.

Lewis’s contract expires at the end of 2018 and perhaps he has another three-year deal in him before he ventures off to other things? Lewis is indeed a free spirit but for me, the bigger question is who Mercedes may groom for his replacement. They may only have three years to do so and is Valtteri Bottas that man?

Hat Tip: Mail