Lewis Hamilton says “no guarantee” he’ll be in F1 next year in shock quit threat

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Lewis Hamilton could sensationally quit Formula One at the end of his record-breaking season.

The Briton won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday and is now on the brink of securing a record-equalling seventh world championship.

Hamilton will match Michael Schumacher's all-time championship haul if he wins at the next race in Turkey a week on Sunday.

But moments after winning in Imola, Hamilton raised doubts over extending his current £35million-a-year deal with Mercedes which expires at the end of this season.

When the 35-year-old ace was pressed on boss Toto Wolff's future, he said: "I don't even know If I am going to be here next year so it is not really a concern for me at the moment.

Lewis Hamilton won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday
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"I would like to be, but there is no guarantee of that. There is a lot that excites me about Formula One's afterlife.

"We are in November and Christmas is not that far away. I feel great, strong, and that I could go on for plenty of months, but Toto mentioned about shelf life and there are multiple things on the top of my mind.

"I have been here a long, long time and I can understand him wanting to pull back a little bit and give more time to his family."

The Briton took the chequered flag in Imola after another crushing performance
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Wolff has overseen Mercedes' unprecedented run which saw the all-conquering team capture their seventh consecutive constructors' championship in Italy on Sunday.

The Austrian added: "I guess if Lewis decided to step out of Formula One, which I don't think will happen, we are going to have a frantic driver market out there.

"We are all happy but very tired and it is the same for me. I relate to his feeling that you question yourself and that you think about all the other things that matter.

Mercedes also bagged their seventh consecutive constructors' championship
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"When you switch on the news in the morning, it is all about the struggles we face so it is normal for somebody to have these feelings. But we want to continue this journey. We are not finished.

"I am so focused on what is happening on track. This is where Lewis and I are very similar. It didn't feel the right opportune moment to sit down when the championships are not done.

"There will be a moment when the drivers' championship is going to be decided so we can sit down and talk about it. We have a few months before the first race in Australia next year."