Lewis Hamilton opens up on ‘daunting’ Mercedes contract talks amid Ferrari switch rumours

Lewis Hamilton won his sixth world championship at the United States Grand Prix last time out and is set to stay in the sport.

And the Briton is ready to stay in the sport and chase down the records held by Michael Schumacher.

In recent weeks and months Hamilton has been linked with a switch to Ferrari.

But the 34-year-old has admitted it would take a lot for him to leave Mercedes.

“When you’ve been with a team for so long, we are kind of joined at the hip,” the 34-year-old said. “All that detail can take its time.

“But you need to set some time aside to say ‘where are we, what’s the next goal, what else are we planning?'”

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has also been linked with a move away from the team to help run F1.

“It’s a difficult one because I know being stuck in one position for too long can not always be a positive so I always want people to spread their wings and do what is best for their careers. Only he knows what that is,” Hamilton said.

“But as a business you need to have the right people in place and he has been the right person – it has been the perfect match.

“So I don’t particularly want him to leave if I’m staying in the sport but ultimately that’s going to be his choice.

“This team is not one person. It’s a huge group of people. But it is important to me and I am waiting to see where his head is at. The sport could also be in a good place with someone like him running it but I don’t know if that’s more of a fun experience.”

Hamilton also revealed he isn’t a fan of contract talks and finds them a bit ‘daunting’.

He added: “It’s almost like I only just did this contract and I already have to start talking about the potential of the next one.

“It won’t be really stressful but it’s daunting when you think about it coming up, also because you are committing to a period of time and it’s sometimes hard to think that far ahead but of course it’s nice to be wanted and hopefully soon we’ll get that sorted.”

F1 returns this weekend with the Brazilian Grand Prix where lights out is at 5.10pm.

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