The seven-time world champion’s present contract expires on the finish of the yr, however preliminary talks have already began with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff over what ought to be a easy extension.
Hypothesis over Hamilton’s future stays excessive and has led ex-F1 drivers Damon Hill and Jenson Button to counsel the 38-year-old maintain out on a brand new contract till he sees how aggressive Mercedes will likely be this season.
Hamilton is aiming to bounce again from the worst yr of his F1 profession, having didn’t safe a race win in a season for the primary time amid a torrid 2022 for Mercedes.
Talking forward of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, Hamilton harassed he was merely in no rush to place pen to paper on a brand new deal.
“Individuals who create rumors with out details are by no means useful,” he mentioned. “You’d have thought they each knew me by now.”
“I have been with Mercedes since I used to be 13. I had a tricky yr final yr and I am nonetheless right here. If I’ve a troublesome yr this yr, I’ll all the time be there. I’m a fighter and we struggle as a staff. I just like the problem.
“In fact I need to begin the season with an excellent automotive, however I believe it is the journey that actually counts.
“There is no delay with our contract, I’ve all the time been very, very relaxed and I do not really feel like I have to get it proper this second.
“I’ve an excellent relationship with Toto and Mercedes and we totally help one another. I am actually excited in regards to the future collectively and the work we’re doing on and off the monitor.”
Mercedes has remained pessimistic about its possibilities in F1 2023 because the launch of its modified W14 challenger.