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Lewis Hamilton wants new contract with Mercedes ‘tied up by Christmas’

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Lewis Hamilton is keen for new contract talks with Mercedes to be wrapped up by Christmas now that the Formula One season is over.

The seven-times world champion secured his most recent title at the Turkish Grand Prix in November to equal Michael Schumacher’s record, while he broke the German’s record for most Grand Prix wins the race before his Istanbul success by notching up his 92nd race win in Portugal.

The British racer has now turned attention to his contract situation with his current deal due to expire in just over two weeks’ time.

‘Hopefully over the next couple of weeks,’ Hamilton said when asked about when a deal would be confirmed. ‘We would love to get it done before Christmas.

‘I plan to be here next year. I want to be here next year. We, as a team, have more to do together and more to achieve both in the sport but even more outside the sport.’

He also said in Sunday’s post-race press conference: “Hopefully over the next couple of weeks. I would love – we would love – to get it done before Christmas, I think,” said Hamilton after Sunday’s race.

“I plan to be here next year; I want to be here next year. I think us, as a team, have more to do together and more to achieve both in the sport but even more outside the sport I think. So yeah, I hope we can begin this week, discussions, and hopefully get it tied up before Christmas.

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