At the end of the contract with Mercedes in December, Lewis Hamilton has still not extended his lease with the German team. It could happen very soon…or at the end of the year.
For months, British driver Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff have been saying they want to continue the adventure together, as the seven-time F1 world champion’s contract comes to an end on December 31. But while the 2023 season is almost halfway through, the 38-year-old driver has still not extended. He was asked about it when he met the media on Thursday on the sidelines of the Hungarian Grand Prix, and said that everything could go very quickly… or not. ” We are very, very close to an announcement. But it could also be announced at the end of the year. I could keep you waiting! Honestly, I don’t have more information to share with you. It’s with the lawyers, it continues between lawyers on things, here and there. “The discussions are progressing, but Lewis Hamilton does not take part: “I left the negotiations from the beginning. I wanted to focus on all the other things I was doing. The team worked on this behind the scenes. There is nothing more to negotiate. Just details. »
No victory for 19 months for Hamilton
To date, twelve of the twenty drivers for the 2024 season already have contracts (Bottas, Gasly, Ocon, Alonso, Leclerc, Sainz Jr, Norris, Piastri, Russell, Perez, Verstappen and Albon), so it is only a matter of weeks or months for Lewis Hamilton to be added to the list. His teammate and compatriot George Russell is guaranteed to stay with the Silver Arrows until the end of 2025.. In the meantime, the Briton hopes to climb the hierarchy, he who occupies only fourth place in the driver standings this season, behind the untouchable Max Verstappen, but also Sergio Perez (who has 35 points more) and Fernando Alonso (16 points more). Above all, he is waiting for his first victory since December 2021, an eternity for a driver who has already entered the history of his sport.