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Lewis Hamilton reportedly has ‘no problem’ with his contract situation and is still in no rush to get the deal done, despite Mercedes wanting to make an announcement before their new car is revealed on March 2.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is in regular communication with the seven-time world champion.
It is thought the hold-up is over the Brit’s salary demand as he wants to retain his £40million-a-year earnings, while the Silver Arrows are looking to cut costs.
Both parties are confident that they will continue their partnership for the 2021 season.
And Hamilton is apparently still allowed access to the Mercedes factory, even though his is technically no longer an employee.
”It is very quiet around Hamilton’s contract, but they are also very relaxed,” Sky Sports journalist Craig Slater said.
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“They know at Mercedes that the rumours will increase if this goes on longer, but they take that for granted.
“Mercedes and Hamilton want to continue with each other, that has always been the plan.
”Lewis has no problem with not having a contract because I understand he can go to the factory. So he can just go ahead, with or without a contract.
“The deadline, according to Toto Wolff, is the day they fly to Bahrain, so that is March 11.
“Mercedes however presents their car on March 2, with also the clothing of the drivers. It would be a big surprise if nothing is known at that presentation.”
Meanwhile Wolff provided an update on how talks were going last month.
“Lewis is incredibly important, not only for our team but also for the Mercedes brand,” the Austrian said.
“But the landscape is changing right now.
“We have a big regulation change next year and the cost cap that will hit us hard next year.
“These are all factors that have played a role in our discussions. Also, of course, looking at the future.
“And then it goes into detail and we don’t want to be put under pressure. It should be a reasonable agreement and we are not far away from that.”
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