F1 CEO believes Hamilton contract announcement is imminent

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New F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says he hopes to see Lewis Hamilton’s contract situation cleared up soon, as the Briton is poised to make history.

With Hamilton’s new Mercedes contract still not signed, speculation and rumours are running rampant in the F1 media. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali wants to see the situation resolved soon, so the focus can switch to Hamilton’s quest to win his eighth championship and break the all-time record.

“I’m not in Lewis’s head and not even in Toto [Wolff]’s position,” said Domenicali.

“But he has to take an important decision for his life. I really hope that we can have this announcement soon because what he is going to fight for this year is something that, for the sporting perspective, is incredible.

“I can imagine the pressure and the dynamic of how he wants to reach this new record because that would be an incredible story to tell.”

A lot of unsubstantiated rumours swirling around are pointing to financial and other demands as the stumbling blocks in the negotiations, but Domenicali doesn’t think that’s the case.

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“I think that they are discussing a lot of points. I don’t think that is only a point related to his salary or whatever you call it.

“I think it’s really more related to what they have in mind to share together in the future. I think that’s the reason why.

“But maybe they are not in a rush because they have already decided it’s all OK. We never know.

“But for me, it would be really good to see as soon as we have the announcement Lewis with the energy that he has been always giving to F1. And I’m sure that will be.

“He is an incredible driver. He’s an incredible man. He’s an incredible athlete. And he’s given to Formula 1 a different dimension that is over the sport, I would say.

“Therefore, as soon as we will know what will be his future, I think that it would be great to see him fighting for something that no one would have thought possible to achieve after Michael leaving,” concluded the Italian.

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