Wolff: Mercedes mid-to-long-term strategy is being considered

Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff, Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes Formula 1 team are in good hands with Lewis Hamilton likely to sign a new deal according to team principal Toto Wolff, but are considering their mid-to-long-term strategy ahead of 2021.

The Brackley-based team have won the last six drivers and constructors championships, with Hamilton taking five of those, but face the prospect of their star driver being out of contract at the end of this season.

Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas is also without a deal for 2021 and names including George Russell, Esteban Ocon and Sebastian Vettel are all being linked with his seat.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Wolff said: “We must not be complacent. Red Bull has two very talented drivers, Ferrari has very talented drivers – I think the combination they’ve chosen is very good.

“We need to make sure our short-term future is in good hands, and there are no better hands out there than Lewis’, and then our mid-to-long-term strategy is being considered.”

The 35-year-old is yet to sign a new deal, but Wolff said that while talks have not yet started an agreement should be reached quickly.

“We’re keeping in contact with each other regularly,” the Mercedes boss said of Hamilton.

“We have been in different parts of the world but very much keep ourselves in the loop of what is happening.

“The moment Lewis touches down back in Europe we will carve out what needs to be carved out. We have been together for eight years now and the agreements don’t need to be reinvented. There is a good basis and I believe we could come to a point pretty swiftly.”