Hamilton puts preparation ahead of contract talks

Michelle Foster
Lewis Hamilton compares UK lockdown to animal captivity.

Lewis Hamilton compares UK lockdown to animal captivity.

Lewis Hamilton has not yet sat down with Toto Wolff to talk about a new deal, saying for now he’s concentration is entirely on getting ready for the 2020 season.

Last month Wolff revealed that with the holidays behind them, it was only a matter of time before he spoke with Hamilton about the finer details for a new contract.

Those talks, though, have yet to begin.

“We haven’t sat down,” Hamilton revealed to Crash.net.

“I know Toto is keen to but right now the focus is on trying to make sure I am fit and ready for the season ahead as it ramps up.

“You want to start on the front foot so it is not something I really get bogged down with at this period of time.

“I think as a team we are always very clear with our plans, we update each other often in terms of our thinking so none of us get crazy with thoughts or conversations happening elsewhere.”

Although he was linked to Ferrari in many reports last season, the six-time World Champion seems to be leaning towards extending his Mercedes stay.

Hamilton has won five of his World titles with the Brackley team and this season could add a record-equalling seventh to his tally.

“It is usually the small details that really matter,” he added. “I’ve been really fortunate within this team, people always talk about freedom in this team as if it is a bad thing but it is not at all.

“When I joined Mercedes they allowed me to be who I am to be and where I want to be rather than keep me constricted or ask me to be a certain way or to speak a certain way or dress a certain way which is often what you see at other places.

“I think it has been great and there are all these question marks over all the different things that I do and everyone has seen the results that I have over these few years so I am able to continue to prove that it is actually encouraging and helps me be more engaged and be an even better driver than I thought I could be.

“Going into more fine details and what my next five to 10-year plan is and how the decisions made now will impact the future and that allows me to put certain things in place so that when I do stop and hang up my helmet I am able to continue to do other things.

“That will be in the small print of what we talk about but that’s what we will mostly be talking about.”

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