Hamil­ton re­laxed over new Mercedes deal


World cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton said Wed­nes­day he felt "no stress" re­gard­ing sign­ing a new For­mula One con­tract with the Mercedes team. The Ger­man mo­tor­sport gi­ants boss Toto Wolff sug­gested prior to Hamil­ton s ti­tle tri­umph last sea­son that the 30-year-old Bri­tish driver would sign a fresh deal as soon as the sea­son was fin­ished.

How­ever, talks have stalled over the past two months as Hamil­ton has "com­pletely switched off" from For­mula One. But Hamil­ton said he had no con­cerns even though he is in the fi­nal year of his ini­tial three-sea­son agree­ment with Mercedes. "As soon as I left the last race I was at the fac­tory for a cou­ple of days, but I haven t sat down with the team," said Hamil­ton.

"But we said last year we re not in a rush," he added. "We re re­laxed. The team have ac­knowl­edged they want to con­tinue with me and vice versa, so there is no stress. "I m com­fort­able and con­fi­dent and trust they re not speak­ing to any­one else, and they know that s the case with me."

Last sea­son saw Hamil­ton win 11 races as he took his sec­ond world ti­tle but now he wants to match that achieve­ment, start­ing with the first grand prix of the new sea­son -- the Aus­tralian Grand Prix on March 15. "For my­self, nat­u­rally, and as an ath­lete I al­ways want to be the best I can be," he said. "So any­thing less than what I did last year is not go­ing to be good enough.

"But I can be bet­ter. There are go­ing to be 20 races this year, there were eight races that I didn t win (in 2014), so you can al­ways get bet­ter. "I plan to drive the way I drove last year, but hope­fully with the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence of last year and the growth, with turn­ing 30 and ev­ery­thing.

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