It seems a formality that Lewis Hamilton is going to renew his expiring contract with Mercedes, but the reigning world champion does not want to start negotiations yet due to the impact of the corona crisis.
“It doesn’t feel like the right time,” 35-year-old Hamilton said on Thursday BBC at his press conference for the second Grand Prix at Silverstone. “I want to continue with this team and it won’t take much effort to reach an agreement, but it just doesn’t feel right at the moment.”
Valtteri Bottas has already successfully completed negotiations with Mercedes. Toto Wolff’s team announced earlier on Thursday that the thirty-year-old Finn has extended his expiring commitment by one year.
No one doubts that Bottas will again have Hamilton by his side next season. The six-time world champion said last week that he wants to stay in Formula 1 for another three years and he has always emphasized that he is very happy with the dominant Mercedes.
“But when you think of all the people in the world who have become unemployed in the past few months, I don’t think it is the most important thing to negotiate a big contract now. So I will wait a little longer,” said Hamilton.
“I am very excited about the possibilities at Mercedes-Benz. At some point we will reach an agreement on a new contract, I am not worried about that.”
GP start times of the 70th anniversary of Formula 1
- First training: Friday at noon
- Second training: Friday 4 p.m.
- Third training: Saturday noon
- Qualification: Saturday 3 pm
- Race: Sunday 3.10 pm