Lewis Hamilton won't retire until he's in 40s and latest Mercedes contract will not be last in F1, predicts Toto Wolff

LEWIS HAMILTON will race on until his 40s, says his Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

The seven-time Formula One champ signed a new contract last week that will see him race for another two years with Mercedes.

But Wolff doesn't think that will be the moment the Brit retires, instead predicting more years of success for the motorsport legend.

This is despite the man himself saying that he 'doesn't plan to be here until I'm 40' after the Austrian Grand Prix.

Wolff told F1: "I'm pretty sure it's not his last contract.

"I think he always flirts with the thought that this may be the last contract and in a way, it keeps the options open for the last.

"But no, it's not going to be his last."

There were rumours that Hamilton was ready to call it quits after this season.

He currently trails Red Bull rival Max Verstappen by 32 points at the top of the standings.

But Wolff has since confirmed he was never in doubt that Hamilton would stay.

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The 49-year-old Austrian told Sky Sports F1: "It was very easy.

"We didn't want to make the mistake that we did last time, when we dragged it on over the whole year simply because we were busy racing.

"This time we thought it's a more difficult championship and we want to have stability in the team.

"Lewis and I were pretty clear early on that this would be continued."

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