May 10 - Lewis Hamilton is suddenly keen on inking a new Mercedes deal before Formula 1's August break.

Earlier, the seven time world champion appeared to be in no rush to enter contract talks with Toto Wolff, despite last winter's talks dragging on for months and only ending with a one-year deal.

"Yeah, we never want to be in the position that we were in January, in February," Hamilton, 36, said after winning Sunday's Spanish GP and extending his championship lead to 14 points over Max Verstappen.

He said of the 2021 contract talks: "It ruined my whole winter and I'm sure it wasn't helpful for Toto's, in terms of being off and relaxed. I think we have to be sensible.

"Naturally we don't have to rush anything but I think we have to be sensible and start conversations," Hamilton added.

"They're very complex, it's never a super-simple procedure and so hopefully we can start soon - as long as it doesn't interfere with the actual job.

"We still have 19 races to do but it would be great to get something in place before the break so then we could be in that break and have a clear picture of the future," he said.


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12 F1 Fan comments on “Hamilton wants to start-up new contract talks

  1. shroppyfly

    theres no point in hammy doing just a 1yr deal for 22yr the new cars will need a lot of fine tuning, and toto knows that, the field is so close now , 22 will make it even more mental, and if hammy signs for 2 yrs and gets beat in both , itll tarnish his socalled goat reputation , so i think he wont have a new contract, im still championing GR and MV for 22

    "They're very complex, it's never a super-simple procedure and so hopefully we can start soon - as long as it doesn't interfere with the actual job.
    Hammy at odds with Totos blase attitude as he said itll be easy we know each other so well blah blah blah,
    LH will never get a 3 yr deal again and he knows it so its all b..locks really

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  2. ReallyOldRacer

    "They're very complex, it's never a super-simple procedure....."

    Lewis, talk with one of your fellow 'Sirs', JYS, and ask him how he and Ken negotiated their 'complex' contracts.

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  3. Jax

    I seem to recall someone said on this platform that Lewis was being strategic when he signed a one year deal. Playing chess so to speak; take a loss now and strike when he has the advantage of a stronger position. Oh wait.....that was me Lol. Go figure.
    The man has been negotiating his contracts for years without any middleman to pay. So those attempting to give advice, watch and learn instead!
    And those who think he'll leave F1 very soon, keep dreaming Lol. You think he's really going to make it that easy for you haters? Your criticisms are his mojo, so keep it up. Cas he's likely aiming for that nice round figure of 10! Additionally, Toto is clearly no fool.

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    • Jax

      Another salient point. If the type of cars are changing next year, does one really think Toto is going to get rid of the most decorated and experienced racer and bring on rookies to develop the new car? Which reiterates my last sentence above.

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  4. shroppyfly

    Sir Lewis Hamilton says he remains “great friends” with his former manager Marc Hynes as he restructures his personal management team.

    Hynes, who had been chief executive of the Project 44 management company, and the seven-time World Champion recently went their separate ways on a business front for the time being.

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  5. shroppyfly

    Jax just for you The man has been negotiating his contracts for years without any middleman to pay. So those attempting to give advice, watch and learn instead!

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