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Hamilton eyes "multi-year" deal with Mercedes

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28/10/2022

Lewis Hamilton has confirmed that talks are underway to secure a new "multi-year" contract with Mercedes.

Days after he almost pulled off his first win of the season, Lewis Hamilton arrived in Mexico with a new spring in his step.

Though he is contracted to Mercedes for 2023 and has recently claimed that he aims to continue racing, there has been speculation as to whether he really means it, especially when earlier this month he said he would remain committed to Mercedes "for the rest of my life" but didn't specify whether this was in a racing capacity.

"In terms of my plans for the future, each year, at the end of the year, you sit there and you're looking over whatever view you have, and you're sitting there trying to figure out and analyse like my next three-to-five-year plan," he told reporters at COTA last weekend. "It's difficult to do ten.

"But where do I see myself? What are the things I want to do? What are my goals? And things are being added. And I'm adding in lots of business things. I have a lot of business going on. I have a lot of successful, really positive things that have lots of opportunity for success outside.

"I'm still 100% committed, as I imagine when you have family it's hard to be 100% committed, because you're sacrificing so much that means so much to you. We're on different paths, building different things.

"Do I imagine myself being here beyond 40? Maybe," he smiled. "But we are going to do another deal. We're going to sit down and we're going to discuss it in these next couple of months, I would say.

"My goal is to continue to be with Mercedes," he admitted. "I've been with Mercedes since I was 13. Mercedes-Benz is my family. They've stuck with me through thick and thin, they stuck with me through being expelled at school. They stuck with me through everything that was going on through 2020. They've stuck me through my mistakes, and shit that's been in the press, they've stuck with me through the ups and downs. And so I really believe in this brand, I believe in the people that are within the organisation."

Speaking today in Mexico, having confirmed that talks are now underway, the Briton said: "I think it will be a multi-year contract. There's like this whole thing of me retiring that's always lingering around and honestly, I don't like the idea of it and I don't feel like I'm there.

"We have a lot more work to do as a team, as individuals within the team, we have a lot more to do as a sport and I want to be a part of that shifting."

Facing the reality that this could be his first win-less season since entering the sport, the Briton signed off on as positive note, insisting that "we have more winning to do".

Check out our Thursday gallery from Mexico City here.

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1. Posted by NEEDFORSPEED, 28/10/2022 13:19

"Mercedes probably should invest in a younger quick driver. But as long as Lewis has a fast car and is running up front and his teammate is going to pull over for him he will do well"

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2. Posted by Wokingchap, 28/10/2022 9:50

"He certainly does have more winning to do and I hope he does but he'd better hurry up."

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3. Posted by ChickenFarmerF1, 28/10/2022 5:06

"As long as he is ahead of his teammate and he believes there is line of sight to a seriously contending car, even if like this year it clearly isn't a contending car, he will continue racing. But as soon as he no longer sees a reasonable potential for a winning car, and/or he can no longer stay consistently ahead of his teammate, he will retire. He clearly very much wants that record 8th WDC. I'm sure he won't turn down a 9th, though I don't that's as strong of a motivator as the 8th. But as soon as adding to his WDC tally is looking to be out of reach for good he'd going to tap out. I really don't see Hamilton slipping down to a mid-field and maybe even backmarker teams in some quixotic hope to maybe, eventually win again (cough, Alonso, cough). He's 37 now, 38 by the start of next season. He can't, just as nobody can, maintain the edge indefinitely. Sooner rather than later age will take that edge from him. I think it already has taken something as even excusing the first third of the season as basically a testing session to try and fix the car, he hasn't dominated Russell like he would have 5 years ago. He's still got the measure of the lad, but the margin isn't as much. We shall see where things fall."

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