Lewis Hamilton pressed for update on his future after confirming Toto Wolff talks

Henry Valantine
Lewis Hamilton smiles at fans when he arrives at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Lewis Hamilton smiles at fans.

Lewis Hamilton was asked once again about his Mercedes future, with a deal not yet signed beyond the end of the season.

The seven-time World Champion’s management team have largely been dealing with negotiations with team principal and CEO Toto Wolff, but Hamilton said he has spoken to the team boss himself since the Spanish Grand Prix as they continue to thrash out details of his Formula 1 future.

Wolff recently revealed when speaking to American media that he and Hamilton “dread the moment we have to talk about money” in new contract negotiations, but added that: “It is going to happen soon.”

From Hamilton’s point of view, he was asked yet again about the subject of his future after arriving at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Thursday, with the long-running saga surrounding a new deal not yet resolved.

He revealed there has been progress, but there is nothing signed just yet – and he was reluctant to put an exact timescale on when he will put pen to paper.

“I’ve seen Toto, we’ve talked several times, we have a great relationship, but there’s nothing else to say at the moment,” Hamilton said in the pre-event press conference in Montreal.

“It will get done when it’s done. If that’s next week, in a month’s time, as long as it’s done I’m not really bothered,”

When asked directly if any “progress” has been made on a new deal, he responded: “Yeah,” before clarifying: “Nothing else new to really add to it.”

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Hamilton heads into this weekend off the back of his joint-best result of the season in Spain a fortnight ago, with his second-place finish ahead of Mercedes team-mate George Russell making it the team’s first double podium of the year.

Team principal Wolff said the first raft of wholesale changes brought to the W14 in Monaco were the beginning of what he hopes will be a “new baseline” of performance for the team, having now jumped up to second in the Constructors’ Championship behind Red Bull.

That said, he is not expecting the Canadian Grand Prix to bring a similar result this time around.

“With its long straights and low-speed corners, it’s not a track that we expect to suit our car as well as Barcelona did,” Wolff said.

“No matter where the true pace of the car is this weekend, we will aim to maximise our result. The characteristics of the circuit will also provide further opportunity to learn about the W14 and feed into our development path.”