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Lewis Hamilton made it clear on numerous times that he wouldn’t be discussing an extension on his Mercedes contract until the season had finished. However, his contract demand is reportedly something Ola Kallenius is not willing to agree to.
Speaking after his win at the Turkish Grand Prix back in November, Hamilton gave his biggest indication to date that he would sign a new deal.
“I feel like I’m only just getting started,” he said. “It is really weird. I feel physically in great shape and mentally.”
Il Corriere Dello Sport report head of Mercedes Kallenius is unhappy with one aspect of Hamilton’s contract demands. As well as wanting the same wages as his previous deal, Hamilton is also said to be asking for an ambassadorial role within the team once he retires.
But Kallenius is reportedly not too keen on promising Hamilton more years beyond his driving career which could end up costing the car manufacturer a fortune. How long Hamilton plans to stay in the sport also seems to be a key talking point in negotiations.