World champion Lewis Hamilton hopes to have a “clear image” of his future with Mercedes in 2022 by the mid-summer break after feverish speculation over his contract “ruined my winter”. Hamilton reminded the paddock of his worth on Sunday when he claimed his 98th profession victory and fifth in a row on the Spanish Grand Prix. “Contract sensible, we’d by no means need to be within the place that we have been in January-February, it ruined my entire winter,” said Hamilton. “I am sure it wasn’t helpful for Toto (Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff) in terms of being able to be off and relaxed. It felt like we didn’t have much of a break.”
Hamilton’s present one-year extension till the top of 2021 was introduced in February.
“Naturally you don’t should rush something however I feel we now have to be smart and begin conversations,” he added.
“They are very complicated, it’s by no means an excellent easy process and so hopefully quickly we are able to begin, so long as it doesn’t intrude with the job — we nonetheless have 19 races to go.
“But it will be nice to get one thing in place earlier than the break and have a transparent image of the longer term.”
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