“It’s the most iconic Formula 1 brand, the most historic Formula 1 brand out there, and I totally respect if a driver has the desire to drive at Ferrari.
“And even within the team we have discussed it, and even with LeWIS we have discussed it and we have agreed on that topic. We had the discussion when we negotiated the last contract.”
Hamilton has won 54 of the 123 races he has started for Mercedes and finished on the podium 89 times.
Hamilton is also second to Schumacher in terms of career victories, moving to 75 – 16 behind Ferrari legend Schumacher.
“You just have to be open-minded and understand that drivers will explore opportunities that exist and benchmark themselves,” said Wolff.
“What I’ve seen strong between LeWIS and us is that we have always been very transparent with each other in those discussions.
“At the moment, everything is great. I think we are providing him with a car that is capable of achieving his objectives.
“If we continue to have a car that is performing on that level I think there is no reason to go and we would really love him to stay.
“And if one day our ways part, it will be very positive and then each of us will try to achieve success with a different set-up.”
While he joked that this would be “creating headlines”, Wolff said it was normal to be open to the prospect of any top-line driver if they were available.
“You need to consider that there are probably six or seven drivers out there that have the skill and the intelligence to deserve to be in a race- and a championship-winning car,” said Wolff. “Two of them are with us [Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas], and I hope it goes forever.
“Then there is a few others that we really enjoy watching and we enjoy watching them perform. And Sebastian is definitely one of them.”
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