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Lewis Hamilton says the delays in sorting out a new Formula 1 contract with Mercedes turn around the need to consider the bigger picture outside of the racing team. The six-time world champion caused a excitement at the last race when he suggested there was “no guarantee” he would remain with Mercedes next year.
Reflecting on his mindset about those contract discussions ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, Hamilton said: “I believe I have the best contract that there is, in terms of how it’s structured and in terms of time management.
“With the team that’s put around me, I think it’s been great. But I’m always looking to see how we can improve. How can I be more efficient and do more for the partners? How can I position myself to do more for the team?
“Naturally, I think it’s easy just to go and sign that deal and continue not having to think of what’s afterwards. And I’m very conscious of the idea that I do want to continue with Mercedes, I would love to help them on this quest in pushing for change.
“They are taking their cars green, and electrifying more, and I want to help them on that road. I would like to help them in terms of pushing for diversity, because that’s also within the organisation, as with every organisation out there. There is not enough of it. So there’s a lot to discuss, and a lot to go through.”
The British driver insisted that his focus was on staying on in the championship.
“I think it’s something we’ll do, if not after the job is done, then particularly at the end of the year,” he said. “But nothing is set in stone. I think it’s just about talking about it and at the moment, I don’t feel like I’m finished. I think there’s always areas to improve. I love racing, I love the challenge and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.”