I’m Not Leaving Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton Declares

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Formula 1 star, Lewis Hamilton has made it clear in Monza that he does not intend to quit Mercedes following Sebastian Vettel’s revelation at Spa during last week’s Belgian GP that he has signed a three-year contract extension with Ferrari.

The 32 year-old is out of contract with Mercedes at the end of 2018, but team boss Toto Woolf has said that they will not begin negotiations for a new deal until the 2017 title has been settled. Hamilton is currently seven points adrift of Vettel with eight races left, after his fifth victory of the season last weekend in Belgium, and he said that extending his deal with the German marque is part of his plan for his F1 future.

“I’m made aware of who contacts the team, and that’s down to a great relationship that I have with Toto,” he said.

“He’s very open with me about who calls. It’s kind of interesting sometimes to hear who calls, and who’s tried either to take my seat or take the seat next door to me.

“And then to see following those calls, the manoeuvres that happen, such as for example Sebastian signing. I don’t know if everyone expected him to sign a three-year deal.

“It doesn’t really change much to me, because I planned to extend with the team, which we will do at some point in the second half of the season, or towards the end of the year.

“I know Toto has said that we’ll wait until the end of the season, because generally that’s what I like to do, there’s no rush.

“I still have another year, so we have a lot of time. I think my last contract went all the way into the mid-part of the season.”


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