Mercedes will wait for F1’s ‘quiet period’ in winter to sort out a new Hamilton deal

Speculation of a move to sort out an extension was recently sparked when Hamilton clarified he would soon be re-signing with Mercedes beyond the end of 2023.

Speaking to select media outlets including Motorsport.com, Hamilton said: “We will do another deal.

“We’re going to sit down and discuss this over the next few months, I’d say.”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says his team is not looking for anyone else as the seat was 100 percent owned by Hamilton.

However, he felt there was no rush to get things sorted out straight away – and that it would be easier to get things sorted out, including more responsibilities beyond driving, once the season is over.

“We haven’t started talking yet,” Wolff said. “We definitely want to finish the season and then find a quiet time over the winter like we did last time which literally started during the winter holidays and lasted over two months. We didn’t do that.

“But he’s much more than a driver to us now. While we’re not talking about retirement, it’s also important to talk about his role as an ambassador for Mercedes and the many sponsors we have and the importance he can have in our wider audience.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Hamilton has only raced with Mercedes engines in Formula One, having initially joined his then-partner McLaren at the start of the 2007 season.

He drove for the Woking-based team until 2012 and won the world title in 2008 before joining the Mercedes factory team in 2013. He has won another six championships with the team.

Reflecting on his relationship with the German automaker, Hamilton said he had no desire to join any of his rivals.

“My goal is to stay with Mercedes. I’ve been with Mercedes since I was 13 years old. And it really is my family: Mercedes-Benz is my family,” he said.

“You’ve been with me through thick and thin. They stayed with me when they were expelled from school. They stood by me through everything that was going on through 2020. They stood by me through my mistakes and shit that was in the press; You have accompanied me through the ups and downs.

“I really believe in this brand. I believe in the people in the organization. And I want to be the best teammate I can be for them because I think we can make the brand even better, more accessible and even stronger than it is. And I think I can be an essential part of that.”

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