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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton makes surprising statement on F1 future

With rumours surrounding the future of Lewis Hamilton in F1 having reached fever pitch in recent weeks, the Briton implied a decision is just around the corner.

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Lewis Hamilton says he could remain in F1 for another five years, adding that key details such as the salary and duration of his new Mercedes deal have been agreed.

The seven-time World Champion's existing contract is due to expire at the end of 2023, and with Mercedes not having challenged for the title since 2021, rumours had suggested that Hamilton may be tempted to walk away from the Silver Arrows.

However, both Hamilton and Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff have repeatedly denied that this is the case, with Wolff stating recently that discussions with Hamilton had gone beyond matters of money and length.

"Yep, that's correct," Hamilton told media, including RacingNews365.com, when asked directly if Wolff's comments were true.

Speaking to Sky Sports' The F1 Show from Silverstone on Thursday, Hamilton added that he felt he could continue in F1 for another half a decade yet.

"I'm hoping to be here a lot longer," Hamilton said. "I feel like I've got another five years in me at least, no? Let's see."

Hamilton plays down "direct" Wolff message

Hamilton also played down a terse radio exchange between himself and Wolff during last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, when Wolff urged the Briton to stop complaining about other drivers' infringements and concentrate on driving the car.

"The best thing about our partnership is that we can be direct with each other and Toto is just an out-and-out racer, so he was just trying to encourage me," said Hamilton.

"That was his way of doing it. We always learn from our experiences.

"On my side, I've reviewed my comments and where I was at mentally and will make sure I adjust that for the future, and yeah, it was supportive."

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