Lewis Hamilton drops biggest hint yet over new Mercedes contract

F1: Lewis Hamilton goes cross-country skiing

Lewis Hamilton has dropped his biggest hint yet that he is ready to sign a new contract with Mercedes. The seven-time world champion has claimed he is pushing his limits as he targets a record-breaking eighth Formula One title in 2021.

Hamilton is yet to commit to Mercedes for the campaign ahead, with his contract having expired after he equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 crowns last year.

There have been calls from fans for Hamilton to be axed in favour of Williams driver George Russell, who impressed when he sat in for the 36-year-old at the Sakhir Grand Prix.

But Express Sport understands McLaren are confident Hamilton will sign a new deal before pre-season testing in March.

And the world champion has told fans he is pushing himself to the extreme as he sets his goals for the season ahead.

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Hamilton posted a picture on Instagram of himself on skis at the top of a mountain, along with a positive update on his preparation for the new season.

“Every morning I hike to the top of this mountain and I take some time to set my goals and intentions for the day,” Hamilton wrote.

“I’ve been training every day and at these altitudes, I find it’s the perfect place to push my mind and body to new heights to prep myself for the year and season ahead.

“Today, I’m sending you all positivity and light. I know these uncertain times can be dark but I want to ask that you don’t lose sight of your goals. Let’s keep each other motivated and focused. I believe in you. #TeamLH”

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Hamilton’s “goals” will no doubt include breaking Schumacher’s record, having already passed the F1 legend’s total of Grand Prix victories.

According to a poll conducted by Formula1News.co.uk, 84 per cent of 1,149 fans believe that Mercedes should drop Hamilton and sign Russell to replace him on a permanent basis.

The 22-year-old impressed mightily, qualifying second, narrowly behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

He then beat Bottas out of Turn One and was on his way to claiming victory before a late pit-stop error and puncture laid his hopes bare, with Russell eventually finishing eighth.

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