Mercedes extension ‘most likely outcome’ for Hamilton –

© LAT Images for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd published an article looking at everything we know so far about Lewis Hamilton’s plans for beyond 2020.

A lot of speculation, rumours and denials have been swirling around in recent months about Lewis Hamilton’s future. The official Formula 1 website published an easy-to-follow recap of everything we know so far.

“There is nothing unusual about the fact Hamilton and Mercedes chief Toto Wolff haven’t begun formal contract talks yet,” wrote senior writer Lawrence Barretto.

“Traditionally, Hamilton has waited until he has returned from his winter break/training block to discuss new deals – and even then, the initial focus will be on making sure they are fully prepared for another title tilt.”

Barretto went on to give his opinion on what he expects Hamilton will ultimately decide.

“Sticking with Mercedes beyond this year remains the most likely outcome, one which was enhanced when Ferrari and Red Bull signed deals with arguably his two strongest rivals Leclerc and Verstappen. It puts him in a very strong negotiating position, as Mercedes will need to keep him.

“Equally, Mercedes have shown themselves capable of giving him a winning package for six consecutive seasons, so if Hamilton wants to break all the records, making him statistically the most successful F1 driver of all time, staying put with a team that loves him and is a proven success makes sense.”

You can read the full article here.

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