Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton have agreed to hold off on talks over a new contract for the Englishman until the battle for the drivers’ championship is over.
While both parties are keen to stay together beyond 2015, when Hamilton’s original deal with the team expires, an agreement has been put in place whereby all negotiations will be put on hold until a quieter period, once the intense battle for the drivers’ title is concluded.
The agreement also contains an exclusivity clause that means Hamilton and Mercedes will not speak to any other parties until an agreement has been formally decided over the Englishman’s future.
“At this stage it is very intense and you have to stay concentrated on the season,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. “But one thing is for sure, we are not going to talk to anybody else before having a very clear situation about how we can continue to work with Lewis. This is what we said to each other.”
“We have no interest of having any other conversation with any other driver, and we are not having any, and Lewis is not having any discussion with any other team,” he added. “That is why we trust each other.
“At the moment we need to be concentrated on the championship and not get involved in contractual discussions or intense discussions, because it is something that is one and a half years away from us.”
Hamilton currently sits second in the drivers’ championship, 29 points behind his team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.
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