Lewis Hamilton Likely to Stay with Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton is seen during the presentation of the 2022 Formula 1 car at Silverstone Circuit in Towcester, Great Britain, July 15, 2021

Lewis Hamilton says that he has not been in contact with Ferrari and that he and Mercedes are close to coming to an agreement that will keep him with the team after this season is over.

His current contract with Mercedes runs out at the end of the current season. The seven-time world champion says that he and Toto Wolf, Mercedes team principal, are working on a new contract.

The clarification from Hamilton comes after reports surfaced that he was in contact with Ferrari about switching over. Ferrari has also denied the reports.

Mercedes had a trouble 2022 and 2023 season but Hamilton says that their issues with staying competitive have had no bearing on him staying or leaving.

“This is the first time I have not been negotiating myself and I have a great team in the background doing all the work and I can focus on the job. I say what I want and that’s what we’re working towards, said Hamilton.

“Naturally, when you are in contract negations, there is always going to be speculation and unless you hear it from me, that’s what it is,” Hamilton said.

He also added that the speculations may be due to a lack of news since last weekends race in Imola was canceled due to catastrophic flooding in the area.

“Maybe with the race (in Imola last weekend) being canceled, they just got bored.

“My team is working closely behind the scenes with Toto and we are almost at the point of having a contract ready. It is much more relaxing now because before I was doing it myself, he added.

Ferrari also denied that they have been in contact with Hamilton with team principal Frederic Vasseur saying: “We didn’t have discussions. I think every single team on the grid would like to have Hamilton at one stage - it would be rubbish to not say something like this.”

“The most important (thing) for us is to stay focused on the development in the current season,” Vasseur said.

“In a couple of months, we’ll have the slot to discuss about the future.

“We agreed that we’ll discuss about the contracts later on and I don’t want to change because we had rumors from someone that Lewis could come or Charles could go or Carlos could go. We are dealing with our jobs internally and I will stay focused on the plan.”

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