Hamilton is on track for one more disappointing season this 12 months in his quest to say a document eighth world championship, with Mercedes additional off the tempo of Pink Bull and in addition behind engine shopper Aston Martin.
Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff has already acknowledged that his crew should abandon their struggling idea automobile so as to discover their approach again to successful methods in F1.
Mercedes’ poor begin to 2023 has sparked hypothesis over whether or not Hamilton, 38, will prolong his contract with Mercedes past the tip of the 12 months.
Talking on the Saudi Grand Prix, Wolff burdened he needed to tie Hamilton to a “longer deal” as talks between the 2 sides proceed.
“The longer we’re on this troublesome state of affairs, the extra I wish to have an extended cope with him,” Wolff advised Sky.
“He performs such an essential function in caring for everybody. When there are troublesome days, the remainder of the crew picks him up.
“We owe him a quick automobile. He’s on the peak of his efficiency. He has all skills made worse by expertise.
“We simply want a quick automobile so he and George can win races and struggle for the championship.
“It is my private factor – that I would like this to occur.
“However the time perspective is one thing essential to contemplate. In Formulation 1 you’ll be able to change issues nevertheless you need, however generally you want a bit extra time.”
Over the Jeddah weekend, Wolff admitted he would not blame Hamilton for leaving Mercedes if the crew’s struggles continued for one more 12 months or two.
Nonetheless, Wolff mentioned he was “completely assured” Hamilton would signal a brand new deal.