Mercedes able to replace Hamilton – Wolff

In a sport that is 99% car and 1% driver, Wolff knows it's easy to replace the 1%
In a sport (F1) that is 99% car and 1% driver, Wolff knows it's easy to replace the 1%

(GMM) Mercedes will be able to attract a good replacement if Lewis Hamilton decides to leave, according to team boss Toto Wolff.

In recent days, and in particular following the re-signing by Ferrari and Red Bull of Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen respectively, rumors of a new two-year deal for Hamilton have emerged.

But team boss Wolff thinks Mercedes, who are reportedly expected to commit to F1 at least in 2021 and 2022, would be able to cope with Hamilton's departure.

"I think any sports team is not static," he is quoted by Formula Rapida.

"That means there is always going to be some change, and change is something that can also provide opportunity.

"So while I still very much hope that our relationship continues, I am not totally in control of that.

"There is no doubt that Lewis is a very strong pillar within the team. I think that the values we have are that morality and integrity is absolutely number one. And understanding Lewis' position and objectives will be key for any decision that we take," Wolff added.

So for now, Wolff said he is determined there will not be any speculation about who might potentially replace Hamilton.

"We will not embark on a fishing mission with potential drivers out there before Lewis and I – Lewis and us – we will have that conversation," he said.

"But I think as long as we are able to produce a quick car, and a powerful engine, we will always have opportunity to decide who drives the car. And I think there will be no doubt that Lewis is our priority."