Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton is hoping to have his future sorted by Christmas now that the Formula One season is over. The most profitable driver in the historical past of the sport and his Mercedes staff, winner of each titles for an unprecedented seventh yr in succession, nonetheless have to sit down down and put pen to paper.
Hamilton is in any other case out of contract in just a few weeks’ time.
The concern, even when it appears a foregone conclusion, is the greatest query of a number of remaining to be answered round the paddock.
“I plan to be here next year. I want to be here next year,” mentioned Hamilton, 35, after ending third in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi finale. “Us, as a team, have more to do together and more to achieve both in the sport but even more outside the sport I think. I hope we can begin discussions this week and hopefully get it tied up before Christmas.”
Team boss Toto Wolff mentioned there was no concern. “It is going to happen. There is no reason it shouldn’t happen now,” he advised reporters. “We’ll have this conversation. We always said that we will do it after the title was won and then the virus delayed us for another 10 days, two weeks and now we just have to sit down, maybe virtually or maybe live.”
Championship runners-up Red Bull should resolve who is going to associate Sunday’s race winner Max Verstappen subsequent season with Thai racer Alexander Albon the incumbent however Mexican Sergio Perez in the body.
Team boss Christian Horner mentioned Albon’s efficiency in Abu Dhabi was most likely his “strongest collective weekend of the season. “That now gives us a complete set of information to go away and analyse and work out what we are going to do. It’s not going to take too long,” he added.
Williams’s new U.S.-based homeowners Dorilton Capital should resolve the staff’s management construction after ending the season below performing principal Simon Roberts.
“We’re working on that right now but I can’t say anything about it this weekend,” Roberts mentioned in Abu Dhabi. “Lots of discussion with Dorilton and when we’re ready we’ll be able to announce how we intend to move forward.”
Ferrari are in the meantime in search of a alternative for CEO Louis Camilleri after he introduced his sudden retirement final week for private causes.
Haas have personal enterprise with Russian driver Nikita Mazepin after condemning the posting of a video on his social media of a feminine passenger being groped in the again of a automotive. “It is still in my pending tray,” mentioned staff boss Guenther Steiner.
Formula One, below the new management of Stefano Domenicali from January, has additionally an April 25 slot on the 2021 calendar to fill and no scarcity of candidates for a date initially put aside for Vietnam’s now-postponed debut.