Lewis Hamilton's F1 contract 'almost all sorted' - Toto Wolff

Lewis Hamilton's F1 contract 'almost all sorted' - Toto Wolff

Both Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes insist a new contract is not far away and has only been delayed in order to let the team focus on its on-track issues last month.

Though the British driver's current contract set to expire at the end of the 2018 season, Hamilton had said that he is not interest in joining any other team and is committed to extend his stint at Brackley beyond the end of the season.

The Briton went on to miss out on the podium in four of the next six outings before eventually hitting his stride fully at Spa - a race that marked the beginning of a title-clinching run of five wins in six. The team hoped Vettel was going to be faster than his opponents afterward, but it didn't work that way and he never challenged Verstappen for the final podium spot.

The Italian team won the first two races of the campaign with Red Bull winning the third in China.

Hamilton put in a dominant performance at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, winning easily and showing Ferrari that Mercedes remains the team to beat in Formula One.

After meeting with board members from Mercedes' parent company Daimler over the grand prix weekend, Hamilton insists a deal will be signed in the "near future". Bottas finished just ahead of Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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"Obviously we don't want to lose him and I don't think he wants to go anywhere else". Quoted by the Daily Mail, the German said: "There were three things this weekend".

"We will savour the result but our thoughts are already turning to Monaco, to the struggles we had there previous year and to how we can make sure not to suffer a repeat". Everything is ok. We've just had other priorities in recent weeks. "We weren't happy with our cars" performance and we needed to sort it out. But it's nearly all sorted and we'll pick it up at the right time, ' added the Austrian.

Both Hamilton and Bottas are in contention for the driver's championship, and it is likely to remain that way for the rest of the season.

Wolff indicated earlier that they will look for options within the Mercedes family rather than look at someone like Daniel Ricciardo, who is out of contract with Red Bull.

But despite his growing confidence and an increased "synergy" with the vehicle, Hamilton was careful not to overstate the significance of his second successive win. "We know what went wrong previous year", said Wolff, who pointed out that Barcelona had always been a strong track for Mercedes in races and testing.

"During the whole weekend it has been tough to find the right balance on these new tires, but I see no reason for not being optimistic for the next race", Vettel said.

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