Mercedes negotiating new contract with Hamilton

Daimler

22 July 2014 by TF1T Staff
          

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff is keen to extend Lewis Hamilton's contract with the team for the long-term.

Hamilton is contracted until the end of 2015, but with Nico Rosberg signing a new contract through to 2016 with options for 2017, Wolff is hopeful of retaining both for much longer.

"We are already sitting together and negotiating with Lewis about a multi-year contract," he told the Kronen Zeitung newspaper.

"Lewis is a fixed part of the team, and I would hope for a long time to come."

The Austrian praised his drive from 20th to 3rd at the German Grand Prix despite some incidents which may have cost Hamilton a potential second place.

"It feels like a 1-2 because considering where Lewis was coming from in P20, it was a magical drive," he added.

"He had a misunderstanding with Jenson [Button] that could have cost us the race. Personally I know he is a very competitive guy and he will never be satisfied with third but it felt like a very good performance from our side, with so much going on out on track and the need to convert his pit strategy."