Mercedes have rubbished claims Lewis Hamilton has already agreed to a brand new contract extension amid rumours a deal has been struck. It comes after French enterprise website Sportune reported Hamilton had agreed a mega £61.4million (€70m) a season deal.
They steered the brand new extension would preserve Hamilton in F1 for each the 2024 and 2025 seasons. The deal would have been an enormous improve on his present £40m (€45m) wage.
Nevertheless, Mercedes have known as out the allegations whereas offering a brand new replace for followers.
As an alternative, a Silver Arrows spokesperson was clear that negotiations hadn’t but begun between the pair. They instructed Italian website Formu1a.uno: “Clearly, the winter doesn’t cease the hearsay mill, and it’s been entertaining to learn hypothesis about contract discussions after they haven’t but begun.
“The rumours appear to have began on a French weblog, Sportune, with which we don’t have a relationship – and are fairly wild when it comes to what they counsel!
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Nevertheless, Mercedes’ newest assertion seems to verify fears that talks between the pair have been delayed. Regardless of Wolff’s promise, Hamilton just lately admitted that the pair had not but sat down to debate phrases.
He instructed Bild: “We have not began but. Thus far, there was no time for this, we have been on the street.” However, time seems to be working out with only a matter of weeks till the beginning of pre-season testing in Bahrain.
Hamilton has refused to place a restrict on a brand new contract, hinting he might be round for a minimum of one other half a decade. He commented: “I am not placing a restrict on it to be trustworthy. I am planning on doing a multi-year cope with my workforce.
“I actually, actually do not know what the following 5 years (maintain). I feel we’re nonetheless making an attempt to work on that.”