Lewis Hamilton has suggested that he is extremely close to signing an extension with the Mercedes Formula 1 team to remain with the squad beyond the 2023 season.
Hamilton’s current F1 contract expires at the end of the current campaign and for several weeks, rumours have been swirling regarding his future.
Some outlets reported that Ferrari was heavily interested in offering the seven-time World Champion a contract – however Hamilton asserted on multiple occasions that his future lies with Mercedes.
After crossing the line in second place at the Spanish Grand Prix, Hamilton stated he is set for immediate talks with team boss Toto Wolff as he hopes to finalise details.
“I haven’t signed anything yet, but I think we are meeting with Toto tomorrow so hopefully we can get something done,” he said.
Wolff, too, confirmed to Sky F1 that talks are at an advanced stage.
“I just think we need to get time and to sit over coffee,” he commented. “It’s going to take half an hour.”
Hamilton acknowledged that his proclamation regarding his Monday meeting “wasn’t a subtle hint” over his future plans.
“We’ve had so many meetings and this is just another one of the meetings we are having,” he added.
“You could see today my performance is not affected by that, but it’s always something that’s at the back of your mind. Once that’s done then you are able to then focus more and think about the future.
“I’m working as hard as I can with this team and I see so much strength within the team. They are still so hungry.
“The podium today was really, really special. To be able to see the excitement in all the people that have worked for such a long time.
“When we go back right now, there will be great energy in the office.
“These guys take two seconds to enjoy themselves and be happy and then they’ll be back down into the books and trying to figure out how we can win the next race.”