Although Lewis Hamilton’s new contract with Mercedes had been tipped to be finalized last week, the world champion said in his column for BBC Sport ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix that it is still not done, although the Briton expects it to be finished shortly.
“I honestly thought it was very close but, as in all negotiations, things drag on longer than you expect,” Hamilton said. “I don’t feel like I am in a rush – we’re talking about a contract for next season and beyond, so there is plenty of time and it is not affecting my driving at all.”
Hamilton also noted that he still considers former McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso to be his greatest rival.
“For Fernando’s sake, I hope he is back battling at the front where he belongs as soon as possible,” he said. “I’ve said many times that I regard him as my fastest and most talented rival – I think he is one of the best drivers F1 has ever seen.
“If he was to finish his career without adding to his two world championships, it would be a tragedy, because it would certainly not be due to his driving.”
Read the full column here.