Hamilton, Wolff outline 2017 plans

Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff said that their partnership at Mercedes will be stronger than ever next year after a meeting in the team boss' kitchen.

"We just had an amazing meeting," Hamilton said in an Instagram video. "I just wanted to send on a message to let you know that we are going to be the strongest partnership next year and we look forward to fighting for this championship again."

"We spent a good couple of hours together," Wolff said. "We had a really fantastic meeting and we will be coming back so strong in 2017."

The Brit defied team orders at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in a bid to force Nico Rosberg off the podium and seize the Formula One drivers' title from his teammate.

However Wolff on Friday said Hamilton would not face any penalty over his tactics, while Rosberg's sudden retirement after claiming the title has forced the team into a scramble to find Hamilton a new partner.

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas has been linked to Mercedes, but the British team have rejected an initial offer, reports said.

Meanwhile, Mercedes could be without technical director Paddy Lowe next season, with a move to Williams expected.