Lewis Hamilton says he has started talks with Mercedes over a new contract to stay
in Formula 1 beyond the end of this season. Hamilton is mid-way through the one-year
deal he signed in February for 2021. “We have begun discussions,” Hamilton confirmed
in Thursday’s Styrian GP press conference.
It’s just that we have had discussions and things are positive.”
While Hamilton is trying to resolve his future, his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas
remains in the dark as to whether he will be kept on next year.
The Finn has been off the pace this year and down in fifth place in the drivers’
championship with George Russell likely to replace him. However, Hamilton says he
would like to see Bottas remain with the team rather than being replaced by Russell.
He added: “Valtteri is my team-mate now, and both of us have had ups and downs in
“But as I said he is a fantastic team-mate and I don’t necessarily think that needs to
change.” When asked to comment on the prospect of Russell joining the team, Hamilton
was bullish and said: “He’s not my teammate currently. So I don’t need to say anything