Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton stated on Thursday he felt uncomfortable negotiating a profitable contract extension with Mercedes right through the COVID-19 pandemic as the crew showed Valtteri Bottas used to be staying subsequent 12 months.
Hamilton is out of contract on the finish of the 12 months however having a look positive to stick on the dominant champions, with out a different to be had seat as aggressive.
“Ultimately, honestly, it just doesn’t feel like the right time,” the Briton instructed newshounds on the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
“When you think about so many people in the world that have lost their jobs, people that are unemployed, then to sit and negotiate a big contract — it just doesn’t seem like the most important thing that I need to apply time to right this second.”
Bottas’s extension used to be anticipated, with champions Mercedes having made transparent they supposed to retain the 30-year-old Finn for a 5th successive season.
“I’m confident that we have the strongest driver pairing in F1 today and signing Valtteri is an important first step in retaining this strength for the future,” stated crew boss Toto Wolff in a remark.
“Valtteri is a hard-working, straightforward guy who has a good relationship with the entire team including his team mate, which is not a given when both drivers are fighting for the championship.”
Hamilton is main Bottas by way of 30 issues after 4 races and goes for his fourth successive victory on Sunday when Silverstone hosts a grand prix for the second one weekend in a row.
Bottas, total runner-up in 2019, gained final month’s behind schedule season-opener in Austria. The Finn has gained 8 races with Mercedes since becoming a member of from Williams in 2017.
“The past few years have been all about continuous improvement, working on every aspect of my performance. I’m confident that today I’m the strongest I’ve ever been, but I can always raise the bar,” he stated.
“I’m in the fight for the title this year and staying with Mercedes puts me in the best possible position to compete for it next season as well.”