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F1: Hamilton/Mercedes contract talks on hold

Mercedes' Toto Wolff says contract discussions with Lewis Hamilton have been put on hold until the end of the season
Mercedes' Toto Wolff says contract discussions with Lewis Hamilton have been put on hold until the end of the season.

Hamilton said before the mid-season break that he was keen to sit down and talk about his future at Mercedes after Nico Rosberg signed a new deal, with Wolff confirming that negotiations had started about extending Hamilton's stay beyond his current contract which runs out at the end of 2015.

However, speaking before the incident which saw Hamilton and Rosberg collide in the Belgian Grand Prix and the subsequent fallout, Wolff said both parties had agreed to delay the talks while also not opening discussions with anyone else.

"We've been talking to each other every day,” Wolff said. "But at this stage things are very intense and you have to stay concentrated on the season. But one thing is for sure, we are not going to talk to anybody else before having a very clear situation about how we can continue to work with Lewis.

"This is what we have said to each other, that we have no interest in having any other conversation with any other driver. We are not having any, and Lewis is not having any discussion with any other team, so this is why we trust each other.

"We feel at the moment we need to be concentrated on the championship and not get involved in contractual discussions, intense discussions, because it is something which is one and a half years away from of us."



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