Lewis Hamilton reveals Mercedes is in talks for new Formula 1 contract until 2022
“We always talk about not wanting to do it mid-season because it can be a distraction, but we started it lightly, it’s not intense, it doesn’t cause problems”; Hamilton only has one year contract for 2021
By James Galloway
Last updated: 24/06/21 18:26
Lewis Hamilton says he has started talks with Mercedes on a new contract to stay in Formula 1 beyond the end of this season.
Hamilton is halfway through the one-year deal he signed in February for 2021.
“We have started discussions,” Hamilton confirmed at the Styrian GP press conference on Thursday.
“Not much to say on this, just that we have started the discussions and things are positive.”
Speaking to F1, the 36-year-old added: “We hope to do it a lot faster than last time. We don’t want to fall into the same trap. It’s also pretty cold.
âWe always talk about not wanting to do it mid-season because it can be a distraction, but we started it lightly, it’s not intense, it doesn’t cause problems.
“Good communication as always with Toto [Wolff] so I hope we have something to do soon. “
Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 and enjoyed unprecedented success, adding six titles to the one he won with McLaren. He is aiming for an eighth driver’s championship record this year, having already set the F1 record for race wins, pole positions and podiums.
But if the maintenance of Hamilton among the world champions appears as a formality, the identity of his teammate for 2022 is less clear-cut.
Valtteri Bottas, 31, has held the seat since 2017, but his contract is also due to be renewed at the end of the season. Mercedes-backed George Russell, 23, is the obvious alternative if the team chooses to look to the longer-term future.
Hamilton once again lent his public support to Bottas, who has had a difficult start to the season.
“Valtteri is my teammate now and we have both had ups and downs in our careers, but he’s a fantastic teammate and I don’t necessarily see that needs to change,” said the world champion.
Hamilton: “We unite and we come up with something big”
The early stages of the talks between Hamilton and Mercedes come amid one of the most intense battles they have faced on the track since the team’s rise to the top of the grid.
Red Bull led both championships after seven races leading up to the first of two back-to-back races in Austria. But despite being late in the title race, Hamilton said he was “really really enjoying this season so far”.
“Of course we would like to be in the lead of both world championships, but I really think it has given us the best out of ourselves,” he said. Sky Sports F1.
âIt pushes us to the point where we experience the worst in some cases, and we learn. We grow as a team along the way. We’re not even halfway there and it’s still so exciting. to be.”
Hamilton added: âI think we are the best team under any circumstances. At the moment we are down, but I think we are relatively close as we are slightly behind from the start. these people are challenged to test, we unite and we come up with something big, so hopefully that will show soon.