Marked by the delay in previous negotiations, Lewis Hamilton wants to start discussions for a new contract with Mercedes before the summer break in F1.
Briton Lewis Hamilton, seven-time F1 world champion in search of a record eighth crown this season, would like “to have a clear vision of (his) future” with Mercedes in 2022 before the summer break in August, he said. asserted Sunday. The 36-year-old driver is currently under contract with the German team only until the end of 2021 and the announcement of his extension for the current season came very late, at the beginning of February.
“We would never want to find ourselves in the situation we were in January-February again. It ruined my winter and I’m sure it didn’t help Toto (Wolff, his boss) to relax,” assured Hamilton after his victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, his 98th in F1.
“There is no point in rushing but I think you have to be sane and start discussions quickly,” he continued. “It’s still a complex process so hopefully we can get started soon, as long as it doesn’t interfere with our work and the 19 Grands Prix we have left. But it would be great if we had something in place. before the break. “
Hamilton: “I plan to be there next year”
In 2020, negotiations for 2021 between Mercedes and its flagship driver were first delayed when Hamilton caught the Covid-19 at the end of the season, then the offseason arrived and Wolff in turn fell ill in January.
Since the formalization of their contract for the current season, the British driver and the German team have insisted on their desire to continue their collaboration, which began in 2013 and which has been rewarded with six drivers ‘titles and seven constructors’ titles since 2014. “I have it here. ‘intention to be there next year, “Hamilton said again during the previous round in Portugal.
With three wins and a second place in four races this season, he leads the drivers’ standings with fourteen points ahead of Red Bull Dutchman Max Verstappen. Among manufacturers, Mercedes is 24 points ahead of its Austrian rival.