Lewis Hamilton hopeful of signing new contract with Mercedes soon


One possible distraction for the team through the season is the ongoing contract negotiations between Mercedes and Hamilton, with the star driver off-contract at the end of the season.

Four-times world champion Hamilton was less fussed, telling reporters he expected everyone to get used to it after a few races.

The first race of the new season is the Australian Grand Prix on March 25.

The AMG Mercedes Petronas Formula 1 team launched its new defender, the W09, Thursday morning (Feb. 22) at the Silverstone International Circuit in Northamptonshire, England.

"The real focus for me is performing at my best".

"It is more hard [to climb out], definitely, and it takes a bit more time, but with practice you will definitely get better at it".

"It is important to cover every angle of the corporation". "What we've done is taken a lot of the DNA from last year's auto - this is the sister vehicle, an evolution of that".

Wolff added: "The next couple of weeks would be a realistic target".

Hamilton, while talking to Sky Sports F1 channel, also confirmed that the talks were positive, but reiterated his desire to complete negotiations before the start of the new season. "I have spoken with (Mercedes executive director) Toto Wolff, and we spoke about how we are committed to each other". It's just about talking out the details.

"Last year the auto was fantastic, but there were so many things we could still improve on", said Hamilton.

"Honestly I think the team have done a great job to integrate it and make it look as nice as it can look", said Hamilton.

"This is the first time that I've seen the vehicle put together", continued Hamilton.

Hamilton is looking to win his fourth world title in five years this season and is firm favourite to retain his crown.

When asked for his thoughts on it, Wolff replied: "I'm not impressed with the whole thing and if you gave me a chainsaw I would take it off".

"He is extremely motivated and coming back after the winter break and I don't think that lack of hunger is an issue for him. On the contrary, he is eager to get back in the auto".

As the sport's most high-profile driver and most-followed on social media, Hamilton is rarely out of the spotlight even during F1's off-season.

Most of the F1 teams have now revealed their new cars for the upcoming campaign with Hamilton's Mercedes doing so today.