“We’re all the time speaking about not desirous to do it mid-season as a result of it may be a distraction, however we have began it in a approach that it is light-hearted, it isn’t intense, it isn’t inflicting hassle”; Hamilton solely on one-year deal for 2021
By James Galloway
Final Up to date: 24/06/21 6:26pm
Lewis Hamilton says he has began talks with Mercedes over a brand new contract to remain in System 1 past the top of this season.
Hamilton is mid-way by means of the one-year deal he signed in February for 2021.
“We have now begun discussions,” Hamilton confirmed in Thursday’s Styrian GP press convention.
“Not lots to say an excessive amount of on it, simply that we now have began discussions and issues are constructive.”
Chatting with F1, the 36-year-old added: “We hope to get it accomplished a lot sooner than we did final time. We do not need to fall for a similar entice. It is fairly chilled as properly.
“We’re all the time speaking about not desirous to do it mid-season as a result of it may be a distraction, however we have began it in a approach that it is light-hearted, it isn’t intense, it isn’t inflicting hassle.
“Good communication as all the time with Toto [Wolff] so I hope we now have one thing accomplished quickly.”
Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 and has gone on to take pleasure in unprecedented success, including six titles to the one he received with McLaren. He’s chasing a file eighth drivers’ championship this yr, having already claimed the outright F1 file for race wins, pole positions and podiums.
However whereas Hamilton’s continuation on the world champions seems a formality, the identification of his team-mate for 2022 is much less clear lower.
Valtteri Bottas, 31, has held that seat since 2017 however his contract can also be up for renewal on the finish of the season. Mercedes-backed George Russell, 23, is the plain different ought to the group choose to look to the longer-term future.
Hamilton has as soon as extra given his public backing to Bottas, who has endured a troublesome begin to the season.
“Valtteri is my team-mate now and each of us have had ups and downs in our careers however he’s a incredible team-mate and I do not essentially see that it wants to alter,” mentioned the world champion.
Hamilton: ‘We unite and we come out with one thing nice’
The early phases of talks between Hamilton and Mercedes are happening amid one of the vital intense battles they’ve confronted on monitor because the group’s rise to the entrance of the grid.
Crimson Bull lead each championships after seven races heading into the primary of two consecutive races in Austria. However regardless of trailing within the title race, Hamilton mentioned he’s “actually actually having fun with this season to date”.
“In fact we might like to be main each world championships however I actually suppose it has been bringing the most effective out of us,” he informed Sky Sports activities F1.
“It is pushing us to the purpose the place we get to expertise the worst in sure cases, and we’re studying. We’re rising as a group alongside the best way. We’re not even midway by means of and it is nonetheless so thrilling. Little question it is going to proceed to be.”
Hamilton added: “I consider we’re the most effective group, given no matter circumstances. Proper now we’re on the again foot however I feel we’re comparatively shut given the very fact we now have been barely behind because the starting. When these persons are put to the check, we unite and we come out with one thing nice. So I hope that reveals someday quickly.