Lewis Hamilton has informed Mercedes he doesn’t need to open contract negotiations so he can give attention to matching Michael Schumacher’s file.
Hamilton’s STG40 million-a-year deal ($A80 million) expires on the finish of the season and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is eager to tie the six-time world champion right down to a brand new contract.
However Hamilton, 35, who seems poised to stick with Mercedes after Ferrari final week distanced themselves from a transfer for the Briton, is in no rush to debate his future.
“We’ve got not sat down but,” mentioned Hamilton. “I do know Toto is eager to, however proper now the main target is on making an attempt to be match and prepared for the brand new season.
“You need to begin the brand new yr on the appropriate foot so the contract shouldn’t be one thing to get slowed down with.
“I do not see a selected rush. Within the coming months I’m certain we’ll sit down and focus on it.”
Hamilton, who completed ninth on the second day of testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya as his Mercedes workforce targeted on mileage slightly than outright pace, revealed high-quality particulars will play the decisive function in a deal which might earn him as much as STG60m-a-year ($A117 million).
Contemporary from launching his newest Tommy Hilfiger clothes vary earlier this week, Hamilton spoke about his freedom.
“Mercedes enable me to be who I’m, slightly than hold me constricted, and ask me to be a sure method, communicate a sure method or gown a sure method, which is commonly what you see at elsewhere,” he mentioned.
“There have been query marks over the various things that I do, however everybody has seen the outcomes I’ve had over the past two years. The liberty helps me to be extra engaged, it helps me be a good higher driver than I believed I might be.
“The following step is determining what is the five-to-10-year plan, and the way this determination impacts the longer term, so after I do cease and dangle up my helmet, I’m able to proceed doing different issues.”
Hamilton accomplished 106 laps on Thursday as Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen completed quickest, two tenths away from Racing Level driver Sergio Perez.
The primary take a look at concludes on Friday. The groups will return to Barcelona subsequent week for 3 days of operating forward of the season-opening race in Melbourne on March 15.