Wolff: Hamilton won't do 'a Rosberg'

Lewis Hamilton (Getty)
Lewis Hamilton (Getty)

Cape Town - Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is confident Lewis Hamilton will not announce a shock retirement from Formula 1 like the Briton's former team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg did not return for the 2017 season to defend his World Championship title after he decided to retire from the sport, but Wolff feels that Hamilton will not drop another bombshell on the team.

"I think Lewis is a free spirit," Wolff told ESPN.

"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."

Hamilton and Mercedes have entered negotiations over a new contract, and Wolff has revealed that talks are progressing well.

"They have started already and we are on a good way," he said.
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
42% - 9818 votes
11% - 2622 votes
19% - 4442 votes
2% - 574 votes
1% - 214 votes
2% - 545 votes
5% - 1162 votes
8% - 1959 votes
3% - 789 votes
Water sports
1% - 210 votes
American sports
1% - 292 votes
3% - 748 votes