Wolff mapping out future plans
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists his team will always be loyal to their drivers but admits it would be naive to think they aren't keeping an eye on future arrivals.
After winning three of the opening four races of the campaign, Mercedes can be backed at 1.66 to win the 2021 Constructors Championship, while Red Bull, who sit 29 points adrift in the standings, are priced at 2.10.
We all have the obligation to, how can I say it, map out the plans.Toto Wolff
Lewis Hamilton recently confirmed that he is keen to extend his stay with Mercedes and hopes to get negotiations wrapped up by the summer.
With seven world titles under his belt, including six during his time with Mercedes, he will have a seat for as long as he wishes to stay.
However, team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who is out of contract at the end of this season, isn't guaranteed to continue his association with the team.
Youngsters George Russell and Esteban Ocon have been linked with a move to the Silver Arrows, while Red Bull ace Max Verstappen is also rumoured to be a target.
Wolff admits they are always monitoring potential candidates to partner Hamilton but claims Bottas doesn't currently have anything to be concerned about.
"Valtteri stays our driver and I will be always loyal to both of our drivers, and not dwell about the future," he said.
"But we all have the obligation to, how can I say it, map out the plans. And in that respect, we have to consider all options for both of the cars.
"As we have two Mercedes juniors with Esteban Ocon and George Russell, they play a certain role.
"And we also are having an eye on the other young guys that are coming up strong. But having said that, today, there's only two drivers I look up and that is Valtteri and Lewis."