AUGUST 27, 2023

Small details holding up new Hamilton deal

Only "small details" are still to be ironed out of Lewis Hamilton's new Mercedes contract for 2024.

Lewis Hamilton, Dutch GP 2023
© Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd.

Some fans had expected the Brackley based team to finally end the long-running saga of the seven time world champion's delayed negotiations this weekend at Zandvoort.

But Hamilton, 38, told reporters No on Thursday when asked if the deal is now done.

Team boss Toto Wolff now tells Sky Italia that the signatures are close.

We're only talking about small details such as marketing schedules and so on, he said.

I'm not worried at all.

At the Dutch GP, Mercedes' press office appeared to address speculation of a rift between Hamilton and Wolff by publishing photos of the pair smiling and shaking hands.

Hamilton also told the Italian broadcaster: "Toto is a great boss and Mercedes have supported me for such a long time.

I don't feel that there is any tension between us. We trust each other. We have the same goals and we know that we can achieve them together.

George Russell qualified a strong third on Saturday - with his teammate Hamilton a full ten places behind in 13th.

Wolff hit out at Yuki Tsunoda for holding up Hamilton, but the British driver admitted he had just been slow with his setup.

The car is difficult to drive, Wolff admitted. We have a window in which it works very well - but unfortunately it is quite small.