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Wolff: Hamilton leaving wouldn’t have changed my contract decision

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Toto Wolff renewed his contract as Mercedes boss for three years back in January, and insists his decision wouldn’t have changed had he known Lewis Hamilton was leaving.

Hamilton shocked the Formula 1 world and Mercedes with his decision to join Ferrari in 2025, activating an exit clause is his recently renewed Mercedes contract to leave one year earlier.

Mercedes have been recently announcing a series of contract renewals following those of Hamilton and teammate George Russell that seemed to be targeting long-term stability within the team.

Those included Technical Director James Allison committing long-term with the team, while Wolff also will remain in the hot seat until the end of 2026.

With the Hamilton news no doubt shaking the stability of the team and posing questions on how the future will look like, Wolff was asked whether the Hamilton news would have changed his decision to stay.

Responding in a media session, the Austrian said: “No, it wouldn’t have changed that. Whatever role in the team, or whatever title you may give it, I’m going to be there in the future, so it was a no-brainer to continue in an executive role.

Mercedes will write more history in the future

“You can call it CEO, Managing Director, Chairman or team principal. So, the easiest way was to stick with what we have. It wouldn’t have affected me because I’m so proud in being part of this Mercedes Formula 1 team that carries this huge legacy of the star and racing history, and we’re going to write more history in the future about the Mercedes Formula One team.

“And that is what I aim to do with everyone in the team and with everybody in Stuttgart and therefore, as much as this journey is so special, we have 10 or 20 or more years before being overrun by a bus to have more success,” he insisted.

Hamilton won his seventh F1 Title with Mercedes under Wolff’s watch back in 2020, while in 2021, he lost out to Max Verstappen in a controversial season finale in Abu Dhabi that year.

Asked whether Hamilton can win an eighth F1 Title, the Mercedes boss said: “There’s the friend side in me that says he should have an eighth, because that was taken away from him.

“So, if he wins that in 2024, that would be great thing. Going forward, competing on track, I’d rather us win,” Wolff, who is a co-owner of Mercedes, concluded.

(Reporting by Agnes Carlier, writing by Jad Mallak)