Talks over Hamilton’s next Mercedes deal to begin “much earlier” in season

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In the round-up: Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff says the team will begin talks over Lewis Hamilton’s contract earlier than it did last year, having taken until February to announce his latest deal.

What they say

Wolf was asked when Mercedes will begin work on Hamilton’s new deal for the 2022 F1 season:

Definitely earlier than the 2021 deal. It’s always tricky to find some times whilst racing, but we have learned the lesson that there could be external factors that can delay discussions and we don’t want to end up in January again. So probably we are going to pick up chatting about 2022 much earlier.

We agreed jointly that we didn’t want to drag it on us as much or as long as we did this time around and we’re trying to find some facts together during the season.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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