Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton (C) takes half within the End Racism occasion forward of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix on the Yas Marina Circuit within the Emirati metropolis of Abu Dhabi on December 13, 2020. HAMAD I MOHAMMED / POOL / AFP
Lewis Hamilton ended hypothesis about future intentions on Sunday when he made clear he expects to signal a brand new contract with Mercedes earlier than Christmas.
The newly-crowned seven-time world champion, who completed third within the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on return from a bout of Covid-19, stated talks with workforce chief Toto Wolff had been prone to begin within the subsequent “couple of weeks”.
“I plan to be here next year, I want to be here next year,” Hamilton instructed reporters after the race.
“I think us, as a team, have more to do together, more to achieve both in the sport an even more outside the sport.
“So, yes, I hope we can begin this week discussions and hopefully get it tied up before Christmas.”
Hamilton has gained six of his seven titles with Mercedes since becoming a member of in 2013.
In that point, he has gained 74 races, probably the most by any driver with a single constructor.
He has additionally scored factors in a file 49 consecutive races if solely race begins are thought-about after he missed final weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix.
On Sunday, he admitted he felt “destroyed” by the after-effects of the coronavirus and was nicely beneath his finest within the race on the Yas Marina Circuit gained by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Wolff stated Mercedes’ defeat -– Valtteri Bottas completed second forward of Hamilton –- meant they departed Abu Dhabi with “a slap on the wrist” following a below-par show.
Verstappen got here dwelling 16 seconds away from Bottas on the finish of the workforce’s most complete beating this 12 months.
“We are leaving this race with a slap on the wrist,” stated Wolff.
“It wasn’t a good weekend for us.”