As Mercedes AMG F1 chief Toto Wolff contemplates his future, potentially leaving the championship F1 team to take the reigns of F1 itself, Lewis Hamilton's future with the tri-star team hinges on that decision.
Autosport reports Liberty Media, the current owners of F1, are eyeing the successful team leader as one of the candidates to replace outgoing Chase Carey as CEO of the FIA racing series. Lewis Hamilton, whose contract is up this year, has indicated that Wolff's involvement in the team is a factor in whether or not he resigns with the Silver Arrow next year.
3 Champion Team Manager
Toto Wolff was a sports car driver before becoming an investor that eventually landed him as a director on the F1 Williams team where he delivered that team's last win in 2012. He left Williams to become the director at Mercedes where he has presided over a record run of six double championships for both manufacturer and driver.
2 Champion Driver
Lewis Hamilton joined F1 out of the McLaren young drivers development program in 2007. One year later he won his first championship in a McLaren.
In 2013 he moved to Mercedes where he won an additional five titles, the second most of any driver. Hamilton holds several records including most points in a single season and highest all time points.
1 Future for Hamilton at Mercedes
There has been a lot of speculation about the future of the Mercedes AMG F1 team, including rumors that American racing team owner Roger Penske was interested in buying the team. Wolff and Hamilton have spoken about their relationship, having joined Mercedes at the same time, and are hopeful for their counterpart's future.
GPFans reported that Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel's contract also up at the same time as Hamiltons, has expressed some enthusiasm at the thought of bringing Hamilton to the prancing horse.