Toto Wolff leaving Mercedes won’t determine Lewis Hamilton’s future

Lewis Hamilton wants Toto Wolff to stay at Mercedes – but said the Austrian's possible departure will have no impact on his own Formula One future.

Hamilton will start Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix in prime position to extend his 30-point title lead after putting his Mercedes on pole.

The six-time world champion edged out team-mate Valtteri Bottas by just 0.059 seconds at Barcelona's sun-drenched Circuit de Catalunya, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen third, seven tenths back.

Wolff has presided over Mercedes' unprecedented run of six straight drivers' and constructors' championships, but revealed here that he is considering bowing out at the end of the current campaign.

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain throws his trophy after the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Albert Gea, Pool via AP)
Winner Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, center, celebrates on the podium flanked by second placed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands, left, and third placed Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland after the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Alejandro Garcia, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates with the trophy after the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Albert Gea, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Bryn Lennon, Pool via AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands, left, talks to Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain after the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Albert Gea, Pool via AP)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona, on August 16, 2020. (Photo by ALBERT GEA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALBERT GEA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain looks on besides Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands after the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Albert Gea, Pool via AP)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second placed Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second placed Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 makes a pitstop during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco speeds away after a pit stop tyre change during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo, Emilio Morenatti, Pool)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the race during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo, Emilio Morenatti, Pool)
Mechanics try to solve a problem on Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco's car during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo, Emilio Morenatti, Pool)
Mechanics try to solve a problem on Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco's car during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo, Emilio Morenatti, Pool)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Albert Gea, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the pack out of the 1st curve during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo, Emilio Morenatti, Pool)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the pack out of the 1st curve during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo, Emilio Morenatti, Pool)
AlfaTauri driver Pierre Gasly of France, foreground, and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco steer their cars during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Alejandro Garcia, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads after the start during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Bryn Lennon, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Albert Gea, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads after the start during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Josep Lago, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads after the start during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Bryn Lennon, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads after the start during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Bryn Lennon, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain holds an umbrella prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Albert Gea, Pool via AP)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda makes a pitstop during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
Clouds appear over the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on August 16, 2020, during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Bryn Lennon / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BRYN LENNON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on August 16, 2020, during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by ALBERT GEA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALBERT GEA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault makes a pitstop during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Daniil Kvyat of Russia driving the (26) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen drives at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on August 16, 2020, during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by ALBERT GEA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALBERT GEA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Rain clouds threaten over head as Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 passes during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talks in the Drivers Press Conference after qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Second placed qualifier Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP talks in the Drivers Press Conference after qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton poses after the qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on August 15, 2020 ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by ALBERT GEA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALBERT GEA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Albert Gea/Pool via Getty Images)
McLaren's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr steers his car during the qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on August 15, 2020 ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by Josep LAGO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
McLaren's British driver Lando Norris steers his car during the qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on August 15, 2020 ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by Josep LAGO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alejandro Garcia/Pool via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton walks out of his car after securing the pole position during the qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on August 15, 2020 ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by ALBERT GEA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALBERT GEA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Racing Point's Canadian driver Lance Stroll competes during the qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on August 15, 2020 ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by Alejandro Garcia / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALEJANDRO GARCIA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain get out of his car after the the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Albert Gea, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gets the chequered flag after winning the Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo, Emilio Morenatti, Pool)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 16: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 16, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
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Hamilton enjoys a strong relationship with Wolff, 48, and has said previously that his future hinges on the movements of the Mercedes team principal. The British driver's £40million-a-year contract is up for renewal in just five months and he is due to sit down with Wolff to work on a new deal.

"What you have to remember is it is a team game, and there are 2,000 people at Mercedes," said Hamilton. "It is not down to one individual so (Wolff's future) doesn't determine whether I stay.

"Everyone has to do what is best for them, their career and their happiness. It is smart by him because everyone needs to take a moment and evaluate what they do moving forward, whether it suits them, their family, and their future dreams.

"We have done so much together in this period of time. I hope Toto stays because it is fun working with him and fun negotiating with him and fun having the ups and downs, so I am truly grateful to him. But at the same time I will be supportive in whatever he decides to do."

Should Wolff leave, he will do so as one of the most successful team principals in the sport's long history.

Hamilton has won five of his six world championships under Wolff's reign and remains in a strong position to equal Michael Schumacher's record haul of seven titles despite Mercedes' tyre struggles at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix last weekend.

Verstappen ended Mercedes' winning streak with victory at Silverstone and the 32 degree heat in northern Spain will provide him with some hope that he could challenge again on Sunday.

The harder tyres brought to the sixth round by Pirelli should help the Mercedes cause but Hamilton admitted: "It is definitely not going to be easy for us.

"We have these hot conditions, but we have a harder compound. Fingers crossed that helps but I wouldn't put it past us having problems."

On the subject of problems, Hamilton's former championship rival Sebastian Vettel endured yet another Saturday to forget.

The four-time world champion, who is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season, failed to progress to Q3 for the second week in a row and for the third time this year.

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He will line up in 11th, two spots behind Charles Leclerc. Vettel is a lowly 13th in the standings, nine places and 35 points adrift of his Ferrari team-mate.

"I'm trying to do everything I can, and ignore all the things that might not be right," said a gloomy Vettel. "That's all I can do at the moment."

The Racing Point cars of Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll will start fourth and fifth respectively ahead of Red Bull's Alexander Albon. British driver Lando Norris lines up in eighth, one spot behind McLaren team-mate Carlos Sainz.

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