Lewis Hamilton has confirmed that talks are underway regarding a new contract to stay with Mercedes for the 2022 Formula 1 season.
Hamilton's current contract finishes at the end of this year and Toto Wolff has previously stated that he did wanted to finalise deals for 2022 earlier, compared to this season when Hamilton was only announced in February.
"We have begun discussions and things are positive," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press.
Hamilton also insisted that Valtteri Bottas is the ideal teammate and believes that a replacement is not needed as speculation continues as to if George Russell takes Bottas' next season.
"I've always said, I think Valtteri has been the best teammate overall," said Hamilton. "When I say teammate, it's not just about driver performance.
"It's about team morale. It's about how you work in the teammate environment. Valtteri and I have both had ups and downs in our careers.
"But as I said, I think he is a fantastic teammate. And I don't necessarily see that it needs to change."
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