HUNGARY: As the 2023 Formula 1 season approaches its midpoint, all eyes are on the future of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Both fans and experts have been closely following the racing legend’s contract negotiations with Mercedes as he is currently a free agent.
While both Hamilton and Mercedes’ Team Principal, Toto Wolff, have expressed their desire to continue their successful partnership, the contract saga has been far from straightforward, leaving fans eagerly awaiting an official announcement.
Hamilton’s existing contract with Mercedes is set to expire at the end of the season, and earlier this year, there were expectations that a new deal would be settled before the summer break.
However, as the Hungarian Grand Prix looms ahead, the situation remains unresolved, leaving some uncertainty about Hamilton’s future in the sport.
In a recent media interaction before the Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton shared some insights into the ongoing negotiations.
When asked about the status of his contract and the possibility of an imminent announcement, the British driver revealed that they are very close to reaching an agreement.
However, he playfully teased, “It might be announced at the end of the year. I might keep you waiting!”
Hamilton admitted that he had consciously taken a step back from the negotiations, letting the team handle the intricacies of the process.
Despite his distance from the negotiations, Hamilton remains optimistic about the outcome and assured fans that there are no major obstacles left to address, just the final fine-tuning.
The delay in Hamilton’s contract renewal has fuelled speculation about his future in the sport. However, with his remarkable driving abilities and long-standing relationship with Mercedes, it is unlikely that Hamilton will consider parting ways with the team that has been instrumental in his success.
Moreover, the ongoing season has seen Mercedes face stiff competition, particularly from McLaren. At Silverstone, the team slipped behind McLaren in the battle with Red Bull, highlighting the need for improvements.
However, as the Hungarian Grand Prix approaches, Hamilton remains hopeful about a stronger performance on the track, especially considering the characteristics of the Hungaroring circuit, which may favour the Mercedes W14.