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Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reveals what relationship with F1 ace is like now

Hamilton cemented his position as one of the greatest drivers of all time this year by winning a fifth F1 title.

And the new two-year deal he signed with Mercedes in July signalled his happiness to continue racing for the Brackley-based team.

Lewis Hamilton’s future had been in doubt two years ago after Mercedes had seemed to favour his team-mate Nico Rosberg, who went on to win the World Drivers’ Championship.

And tension grew between the Brit and Wolff which led to a clear the air chat in Oxford after the campaign ended.

Wolff has now opened up on how things are between himself and Hamilton following the 33-year-old’s latest title win.

“With Lewis, we needed our time and in hindsight, how it was with how the 2016 season ended, it gave us the best roots to grow our relationship stronger,” Wolff told Autosport.com.

“Since then we have had mostly good moments and trust has built up.

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“It is important for a racing driver, for myself and for the team, that we can say that we trust each other and it is not lightly said.”

Questions have been raised over what Hamilton will do once his current Mercedes contract ends.

F1 expert Tony Jardine cannot see Hamilton hanging up his racing gloves in 2020 though.

“I personally think that he’s one of the guys that as he gets older, he gets better,” Jardine exclusively told Express Sport. “I just think at 35, that’s still absolutely fine.

“You have to look at Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell, they were up into 38, 39. Mansell [was] 40. That’s a bit past it now and even [Michael] Schumacher was back in at 38.

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“I still think he will be absolutely in his prime and his quote for me was, ‘I was born to race and win’. That’s what he does.

“No matter how much he loves his fashion and his music and all those other things, I think it would be a big chunk out of his life.

“So, in these two years if things go really well, I can see him signing for another two after that.”

Hamilton will begin his title defence when the 2019 F1 season starts with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in March.

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