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Wolff not ruling out Hamilton-Red Bull deal

2020-09-27 13:01
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Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 12, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Luca Bruno - Pool/Getty Images)

• Lewis Hamilton has still not secured his Formula 1 future with the Mercedes team. 

• Mercedes' team principal Toto Wolff says he cannot rule out his star driver leaving the team. 

• Former F1 driver Eddie Jordan linked Hamilton with a move to rivals Red Bull. 

Toto Wolff is refusing to rule out a scenario in which Lewis Hamilton decides to leave Mercedes at the end of the season.

Eddie Jordan, who is also predicting that Ineos will buy the works Mercedes team, claimed last week that Hamilton should team up with Max Verstappen at Red Bull.

"I wondered what Eddie had been drinking," said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner when asked about that.

"Look, from a fan's perspective he's absolutely right, but I've not heard from Lewis recently, so I can only imagine he's staying where he is."

Wolff, however, repeatedly insists that he is yet to "sit down" with Hamilton to discuss extending the six-time world champion's contract.

"Never say never," he said when asked about Jordan's prediction.  "I've seen crazier things in my life.

"But I don't see why Lewis would do that," Wolff added.  "He has a very strong personal bond with the Mercedes brand and the team that he helped to create.

"At the moment we are giving him the best car and we have mutual trust in each other.  We still have successful times ahead of us.

"I do not believe such a move for him would be rationally understandable."

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