Hamilton in no rush to lock down Mercedes future
After Nico Rosberg recently signed a multi-year contract extension at Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton says he is in no rush to lock down his future at the team.
The Brit’s contract lasts until the end of next season, having joined the Brackley-based outfit for 2013. However, speaking today at the Hockenheim circuit ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix, he admitted that he finds it difficult to imagine himself at another team.
“I am quite relaxed at the moment; obviously I am in a different position to Nico,” he said. “His contract was going to come to an end this year so it is the perfect time for him to discuss that.
“Meanwhile my contract is to the end of 2015. I am very happy in the team, but naturally at some point I will sit down with the bosses and we will discuss the future.
“I have been with Mercedes since I was 13 years old so it is very difficult to see myself anywhere else, but you never know what the future may hold.”
Hamilton also commented on the removal of the FRIC system for this weekend, saying he does not expect it to shake-up the competitive order.
“I am not sure. Well naturally we are always looking for improvements. Sometimes we are making modifications to be half a tenth faster. Undoubtedly we may lose some time this weekend but if everyone is taking it off, everyone will lose pretty much the same. I don’t think the order should change much.”
He added: “It is going to be a new experience for several different people. We tried it already in Silverstone and the car felt much the same. Naturally I think everyone has to adapt the set-up a little bit to utilise different settings.
“I feel, with the simulator and all the simulation settings, we have a good starting point and we will go through all the same processes tomorrow as we do every race weekend.”
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