Hamilton says contract will be settled once the ‘job is done’

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Lewis Hamilton says he “maybe” should have signed a new Mercedes deal last year when it was offered, but now he will focus on it after the 2020 ‘job is done’.

The job, in this case presumably, is the drivers’ and constructors’ championships. Mercedes is all but sure to win the title this weekend at Imola, while the drivers’ crown will have to wait a bit more.

“Naturally I think already last year, in Hungary last year I think Toto [Wolff] was talking about signing a contract,” said the Briton.

“Of course the pandemic wasn’t then and you look back and you’re like maybe I should have signed it then. But the thing is I just think things happen at the right time and I definitely wasn’t ready mentally at the time.

“I wanted to give myself the space mentally to really think about what I want to do, think if there’s any adjustments for me and for the team, how can we get more out of each other – how can I give them an easier time.”

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However, the six-time champion is sure he is not going to hang up his racing helmet just yet.

“I definitely don’t think it’s over, I want to continue.

“I think once we get the job done and the stress of the bubble and everything passes on, we can get to whatever comfortable or uncomfortable position we need to be in and we’ll get it done so we can continue.”

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