Mercedes anticipate to start out contract talks with Lewis Hamilton within the subsequent few days now the Briton has clinched a record-equalling seventh Components One world championship, group boss Toto Wolff has stated. The 35-year-old Hamilton’s present deal ends subsequent […]
Mercedes anticipate to start out contract talks with Lewis Hamilton within the subsequent few days now the Briton has clinched a record-equalling seventh Components One world championship, group boss Toto Wolff has stated. The 35-year-old Hamilton’s present deal ends subsequent month.
“Flying again from a seventh drivers’ championship, you may’t discuss a contract. It wouldn’t do justice to the achievement,” the Austrian advised the BBC. “We’re going to present it a couple of days then we’re going to discuss it.”
Wolff advised reporters jokingly after Hamilton received Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix to clinch the title, and equal Ferrari nice Michael Schumacher’s seven, that Hamilton had “obtained actually costlier”.
He additionally indicated that there was nonetheless no rush. “I feel greater than doubtless we’re wanting in direction of the tip of the yr,” the Austrian stated of the timeframe. “Not that we wouldn’t make time for one another however I don’t need to put ourselves below strain to say earlier than Bahrain or earlier than Abu Dhabi we are going to announce a brand new contract as a result of there isn’t any strain. When it’s performed it’s performed.”
Components One heads to Bahrain subsequent week for races on successive weekends earlier than the Dec. 13 finale in Abu Dhabi. Either side have stated they need to proceed however simply must put pen to paper.
“We’ve obtained three weeks within the Center East — so, now it’s a bit extra chilled however I nonetheless have three races forward of me that I need to win,” Hamilton stated on Sunday when requested in regards to the talks. “It’s not performed however we are going to get it performed, I’m certain.”
Mercedes have received the final seven constructors’ and drivers’ titles and the vehicles and guidelines are considerably the identical subsequent yr.
Hamilton is now Components One’s most profitable driver of all time, with a report 94 wins. “He loves racing and the competitors, as does the group and myself… so I see us going for extra subsequent yr, perhaps placing one other nice yr on after which clearly we now have this large, difficult laws change for 2022,” stated Wolff. “I see us going for some time.”