Lewis Hamilton is used to being up the front of the F1 championship but losing is casting doubt on the seven-time champ’s future.

Toto Wolff is fed up with Lewis Hamilton this season.

That’s according to Bernie Ecclestone, who also hints that seven-time champ Hamilton may even step away from Mercedes.

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The former chief of F1 has questioned whether the 37-year-old still has the drive to succeed.

And he claims team principal Wolff is losing his patience with the superstar.

Ecclestone told the Daily Mail: “Toto is getting a bit fed up with Lewis. I don’t think he’s trying, do you? Let’s put it another way, Lewis doesn’t seem bothered about losing.

“It’s not like him. He has a competitive nature but he’s taking losing a bit easy for my liking.

“I don’t know what he is doing dressing up in all those funny clothes. Has he a deal to it? Is it to get noticed? Maybe that’s it.

“I don’t think he is actively helping George Russell. I don’t think he’s doing anything. I don’t think he cares too much. He’s not prepared to put the effort into winning that he did.

“Lewis might sell his position to Toto: ‘This is how much I am getting, I’ll step down and give me half of what I would get’.

“Toto can go and do one of his magic deals, offer someone less money and keep £20m ($A35m).

“Nobody needs to tell Toto this because he has already thought of it. Lewis would probably stop under those circumstances”.

Ecclestone’s latest comments may add more pressure to a Mercedes team already languishing behind Red Bull and Ferrari in the constructors standings.

He also dismissed Hamilton’s back complaints and his dramatic exit from his car in Azerbaijan.

Ecclestone said: “All bulls***. George is taller and if it was going to happen to anyone it would have happened to him.

“There was a bit of Nigel Mansell about it. At least with Nigel, he would get out of the car and rub his left leg as if he had broken it. Next moment, it would be his right leg.”

Ecclestone also opened up on his son Ace, who will be two in July, and revealed why he was carrying a gun through an airport, leading to his arrest.

This story first appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.

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