Spanish Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton has mentioned he needs to hit the negotiating desk early this season, after the seven-time champion revealed that holding contract talks throughout final yr’s winter break had “ruined” his low season.
Hamilton and Mercedes famously solely introduced a one-year extension to his contract for this season on February 8, simply over a month earlier than pre-season testing started in Bahrain. However talking after his third win in four races this season on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Hamilton mentioned that each he, and Mercedes Workforce Principal Toto Wolff, didn’t need to put themselves in that scenario once more.
“Contract-wise, we by no means need to be within the place that we had been in in January, in February,” mentioned Hamilton. “It ruined my entire winter and I’m positive it wasn’t useful for Toto’s when it comes to having the ability to be off and relaxed, so it felt like we didn’t actually have a lot of a break.
“I feel we’ve got to be smart. Naturally we don’t need to rush something however I feel we’ve got to be smart and begin conversations. They’re very complicated, it’s by no means a super-simple process and so hopefully quickly we are able to begin, so long as it doesn’t intervene with the precise job.
“We nonetheless have 19 races to do however it could be nice to get one thing in place earlier than the break,” added Hamilton, seemingly referring to this yr’s summer season break, starting after the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 1, “so then we might, once more, be in that break and have a transparent image of the longer term.”
Hamilton has overtly acknowledged lately that he needs to stay in Method 1 in 2022 – when Method 1’s radical 2022 regulations come into pressure – explaining to the media when requested why he’d volunteered to test Pirelli’s 2022-spec 18-inch tyres at Imola: “I plan to be right here subsequent yr.”
And when requested about the potential of persevering with to race subsequent season from a bodily perspective, Hamilton – who turned 36 in January – replied that he was “feeling nice”.
“There’s nonetheless some life on this previous canine!” laughed Hamilton. “I’d say I’m extra acutely aware than ever about my physique, about my coaching regime. I’ve been coaching myself for a very long time now however [I’ve been] continuously rising and studying the way to take care of, naturally, the vessel that I’m given – and I’m feeling nice.”
Hamilton presently heads Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen by 14 points in the drivers’ standings, having loved his most profitable begin ever to a season points-wise this yr.