Toto Wolff has admitted Charles Leclerc is on his Formula 1 "radar" as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton.
With no certainties over whether Hamilton will sign a fresh contract at Mercedes, or how long he will race before retirement, Ferrari driver Leclerc has been heavily-linked with a switch to partner George Russell.
The Monegasque was asked about those claims in Baku, but, while professing his desire to remain at the Scuderia, did not fully rule out joining Mercedes in the future.
Wolff himself addressed the idea in Azerbaijan - and conceded that Leclerc is a possibility to replace Hamilton.
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"The only time I talked with him is when we discussed where the gate is in Melbourne to board the plane," Wolff said when asked about contacting Leclerc to media including RacingNews365.
"Charles is a super guy, and of the long-term future, someone you have to have on your radar, but not for the short and medium term."
"Nobody doubts Charles' ability and he is a good guy.
"He is 100% committed to Ferrari, and we are 100% committed to putting pen to paper with Lewis."
Hamilton's deal expires at the end of the season, with Wolff previously admitting that the seven-time champion could leave the team if they are unable to provide him a car capable of fighting for what would be a record-breaking eighth title.
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Balve Bains is joined by RacingNews365.com Editorial Director Dieter Rencken and Asia Correspondent Michael Butterworth to dissect the key talking points from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.