Nigel Mansell says Red Bull or Ferrari may do “something special” to sign Lewis Hamilton, however, at the end of it all he expects the Brit will remain with Mercedes.
Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 and has won three Drivers’ Championships with the Brackley squad.
But with just 12 months left to run on his current contract, his future has yet to be decided.
Hamilton is in talks with Mercedes about an extension but Mansell reckons if they don’t wrap that up soon, Red Bull or Ferrari may make a play for the driver.
He told Press Association: “I would be very surprised if Lewis did not sign a new deal with Mercedes but if Red Bull or Ferrari were to do something special over the winter by making the jump over Mercedes, and then offer Lewis Hamilton an incredible deal, who knows?
“At the moment however, Lewis has the world at his feet, he is in the best car and at the best team, so why would you want to change it?
“Some people in their careers are very privileged to be in a strong position and Lewis is one of those because he can afford to be patient.
“When the time is right for him, he will sign on the dotted line.”