Hamilton eyes Mercedes contract talks

Hamilton eyes Mercedes contract talks
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Lewis Hamilton says that he would like to negotiate a new contract with Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he would like to negotiate a new contract with Mercedes.

Throughout 2017, the triple world champion has sent mixed messages about his future, hinting about a new deal beyond 2018 and then suggesting he could retire.

Asked to explain that contradiction, the Briton said in Malaysia: "Racing really gives me more pleasure than ever. But you have to look ahead. So I'm thinking about the decisions that I will take in the future.

"The longer I put off leaving the sport, the later my - how do I say it? - 'next life' will begin. So I'm just trying to weigh everything up. In the meantime I'm continuing my career in Formula 1."

Asked about rumours of a new three-year contract with Mercedes beginning in 2019, Hamilton answered: "At some point in the near future it will be the time to discuss it.

"Actually I think right now is a good time for negotiations, because I'm in great shape. You always want to negotiate a deal when you're winning and leading the championship!"

Hamilton will start on pole in tomorrow's race in Malaysia.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes celebrates his win on the podium during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2016
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