Mercedes negotiating new contract with Hamilton


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."