Toto Wolff’s ‘moment of reflection’ may impact on Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton's future at Mercedes has been thrown into fresh doubt after his boss Toto Wolff revealed he could step back from Formula One at the end of the year.

Hamilton's £40million-a-season contract is up for renewal in five months, and the world champion is on the record as saying his plans hinge on team principal Wolff's movements.

Like Hamilton, Wolff, who has presided over Mercedes' unrivalled and remarkable six consecutive driver and team championships, is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

The Austrian, 47, said discussions over a new deal with Ola Kallenius, chairman of Mercedes' parent company Daimler, are ongoing and positive.

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Speaking ahead of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, Wolff said: "Lewis staying is the best thing he can do and what he wants to do.

"He has the possibility of achieving great success, winning more races and hopefully championships and it is flattering that he says that his future is dependent on what I do. But he doesn't need me. He has a great team there that will always support him.

"I don't want to spin that I am leaving, that is not the case. I am in a moment of reflection where F1 is heading to, what is happening with Covid and for personal reasons, too.

"My wife Susie [Wolff] is in a good place running a Formula E team but that means she is away a lot. I have been to God knows how many Formula One races, something like 120 in the last eight years.

"I really have enjoyed many years in Formula One in my role as team principal. I am happy that my relationship with Ola is as good as it can be and we speak almost every day and there are many factors that make me want to stay in Formula One.

"On the other side, it takes its toll and this plays into my consideration. It doesn't mean I will not be around as a team principal or in another role but it is just that I am thinking about it. I never want to be in a situation where you go from very good to good."

Hamilton, who holds a 30-point championship lead over Red Bull's Max Verstappen in his bid for a record-equalling seventh world championship, looks likely to extend his stay with Mercedes. Indeed, he said on the eve of last month's British Grand Prix that he could race on for another three years.

But Wolff's comments might provide the Briton, who said he is yet to open formal discussions with Mercedes over a new deal, with food for thought.

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Pool via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after winning the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Winner Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen (L) celebrates on the podium with Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (R) after the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 9, 2020 in Northampton. - The race commemorates the 70th anniversary of the inaugural world championship race, held at Silverstone in 1950. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FRANK AUGSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Racing Point's Canadian driver Lance Stroll pits during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 9, 2020 in Northampton. - The race commemorates the 70th anniversary of the inaugural world championship race, held at Silverstone in 1950. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 makes a pitstop during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 and the rest of the field into turn one at the start during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: A general view of the grid at the start of the race during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Lance Stroll of Canada and Racing Point, Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing, Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP stand for the national anthem before the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton is seen after the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 9, 2020 in Northampton. - The race commemorates the 70th anniversary of the inaugural world championship race, held at Silverstone in 1950. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FRANK AUGSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain and Valterri Bottas of Mercedes and Finland during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP reacts in parc ferme during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Jenson Button drives the Lotus 18 of the late Stirling Moss as part of a tribute before practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 07, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Johnny Herbert drives the Lotus 18 of the late Stirling Moss as part of a tribute before practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 07, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Martin Brundle drives the Cooper T51 of the late Stirling Moss as part of a tribute before practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 07, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 06, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mario Renzi - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 leaves the garage during qualifying for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP walk in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 06, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Pedro Piquet of Brazil and Charouz Racing System (12) makes a pitstop during the feature race of the Formula 2 Championship at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A general view of the cars parked in parc ferme after qualifying for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Pierre Gasly of Scuderia AlphaTauri and France during final practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: The car of Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari is pushed down the pitlane after qualifying for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Pool via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during qualifying for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Will Oliver/Pool via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Third placed qualifier Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Racing Point is interviewed by Sky Sports presenter and former F1 driver Paul di Resta in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Andrew Boyers/Pool via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Second placed qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A general view of parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Pool via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Second placed qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talks in a press conference after qualifying for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: The Red Bull Racing team watch the action in the garage during qualifying for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen steers his car during the qualifying session of the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 8, 2020 in Northampton. - This weekend's race will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the inaugural world championship race, held at Silverstone in 1950. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 during final practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) and Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas take part in the driver's press conference during previews ahead of the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 6, 2020 in Northampton. - This weekend's race will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the inaugural world championship race, held at Silverstone in 1950. (Photo by Mark Sutton / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by MARK SUTTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during final practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany driving the (27) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes during final practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during final practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during final practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 08, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean during the third practice session of the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 8, 2020 in Northampton. - This weekend's race will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the inaugural world championship race, held at Silverstone in 1950. (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car during the third practice session of the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 8, 2020 in Northampton. - This weekend's race will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the inaugural world championship race, held at Silverstone in 1950. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FRANK AUGSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 07, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 stops in the Pitlin the Paddock during practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 07, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images,)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany driving the (27) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes on track during practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 07, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes on track during practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 07, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Andrew Boyers/Pool via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 drives in the pit lane during practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 07, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks to the garage during practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 07, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images,)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during practice for the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 07, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images,)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Frank Augstein/Pool via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Ferrari team members look on during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP reacts in parc ferme during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Nicholas Latifi of Canada driving the (6) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
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The 35-year-old finished fastest in practice for the sixth round of the championship at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya as his Mercedes team continued to flex their muscles.

Verstappen ended Mercedes' run of dominance at last weekend's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone after taking advantage of Hamilton's tyre struggles with a fine drive to victory.

But Hamilton finished eight tenths ahead of the Red Bull driver here, indicating that the six-time world champion will be favourite to return to the top step of the podium on Sunday.

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