Silverstone, August 7
Lewis Hamilton feels uncomfortable negotiating with Mercedes over a profitable new deal because the world struggles through the coronavirus pandemic.
The Formula One world champion’s contract is up for renewal in 5 months’ time.
“Honestly, it doesn’t feel like the right time to sit down and talk about it,” mentioned Hamilton, who heads into the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday with a 30-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas within the championship.
“When you think about so many people in the world who have lost their jobs and people who are now unemployed, to sit down and negotiate a big contract doesn’t feel like the most important thing that I need to apply time to at this second. I don’t feel comfortable about it so I am going to wait a little bit longer.”
There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as F1 tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed begin to the season.
This Sunday’s occasion is being known as the 70th Anniversary GP to mark the game’s landmark yr.
Mercedes introduced Thursday that Bottas might be retained for a fifth season. Given Mercedes’ imperious dominance, the Finn is offering the only real problem to Hamilton.
Hamilton is on the right track to match Michael Schumacher’s report haul of seven world championships this season.
“I do want to continue with this team and it is not a big effort for us to sit down and get it done,” the 35-year-old Hamilton mentioned.
“I’m not speaking to anybody else. I’m wanting ahead to persevering with, notably as now we have simply began a brand new chapter of how we educate ourselves and the way we perceive what we’re going to do by way of being extra numerous and extra inclusive,” he mentioned.
“I am super excited with what is possible with Mercedes and this team moving forward. It will get done at some stage, so I am not stressed.” AP