Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Lewis Hamilton has 'many more years in him'

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will enter contract talks in the off-season.

Hamilton has already confirmed that he is keen to sign a new multi-year deal with Mercedes, despite being 37 years old.

The Brit reckons he won't think about retirement while Fernando Alonso, 41, is still behind the wheel of an F1 car.

"You can see today's athletes pushing the boundaries in terms of age," said Wolff.

"For me, Fernando [Alonso] is performing at a very high level and you look, for me, at the best athlete in the world, Tom Brady, on the field being tackled and throwing a ball at 45-years-old.

"As long as you continue to look after yourself and your cognitive sensors, I think he has many more years in him.

"I'm pretty certain that's going to be case here in the team."

On the contract side, Wolff added: "We haven't started any talks.

"We want to definitely finish the season and then find some quiet time over the winter like we did last time around.

"He's much more than a driver to us now. And although we're not talking about a career end, it's also important to speak about his role as an ambassador for Mercedes and the many sponsors we have and the implication he can have in our wider universe."

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