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Wolff provides encouraging update over Hamilton's contract

Lewis Hamilton's deal with Mercedes expires at the end of 2023, with Toto Wolff providing an update on negotiations.

Toto Wolff says talks over Lewis Hamilton's new Formula 1 contract are a "work in progress" but fully expects him to re-sign with Mercedes. The seven-time champion's deal expires at the end of 2023, with Wolff himself previously raising the possibility of Hamilton leaving the team if they are unable to provide a car capable of fighting Red Bull for the title. Hamilton has spoken about his desire to remain committed to Mercedes in the past, but Ferrari racer Charles Leclerc has been touted as a possible replacement. Wolff admits that Leclerc "is on the radar" but says "eventually" Hamilton will put pen to paper to remain with the Brackley squad.

Wolff on Hamilton contract

"It's 11 years that we've been together," Wolff told media, including RacingNews365.com , in Miami. '"Every single time when we talk about Lewis's contract, it takes months of: 'Where we are? What is happening?' "And we keep saying the same thing: that it is rolling on. "There's not any difficult contract negotiations, it's just putting different numbers in there and that's what we're doing and we're working on this." "It's a work in progress, bouncing emails back and forth and eventually we're going to sign it." Despite being linked to the possible Mercedes drive, Leclerc reiterated his desire to remain at Ferrari, but issued a non-denial denial, leaving the door ajar for a potential move if Ferrari do not get themselves in a position to fight for wins and titles.

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