Hamilton set to open talks over new Mercedes deal after winning world title
Lewis Hamilton will begin talks over a new Mercedes deal this week after securing a record equalling seventh world title in Turkey.
The Brit won from sixth on the grid at a wet Istanbul Park to match Michael Schumacher’s haul.
But all year he and team boss Toto Wolff have shunned talk of a new deal and insisted they would begin negotiations once the world championship had been won.
Hamilton’s £40m-a-year contract expires at the end of the season while Wolff’s future is not yet ironed out.
But the Austrian revealed they will begin discussions this week but confessed the opening exchanges are not enjoyable.
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“Flying back from a seventh drivers’ championship, you can’t talk about a contract. It wouldn’t do justice to the achievement,’ Wolff told BBC Sport.
“We’re going to give it a few days then we are going to talk about it.
“Our relationship is much beyond business, it is one of friendship, one of trust.
“This one day of negotiations is something we don’t enjoy as it’s the only time where we are not having shared objectives.
“The best deal is one where both parties walk off not completely satisfied.”
Hamilton has won six of his seven titles in a Mercedes with his other coming in a McLaren back in 2008.
The 35-year-old’s pursuit of perfection on the track has run alongside his pursuit of equality within the sport.
He has been a huge voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and played a crucial role in Mercedes changing their silvery livery to black.
Hamilton spoke glowing after the race as he urged the next generation to pursue their dreams.
And he took to Instagram to deliver a further message in the aftermath of his success.
He wrote: “Hey World! Woke up today feeling super grateful and bless for another day. I hope you started your week with positivity, I’m sending you some.: