Hamilton explains contract extension delays

By on Thursday, April 9, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

World Champion Lewis Hamilton says it is doubtful that his contract extension with Mercedes will be signed this week as he explained why the agreement has not yet been finalised.

Hamilton's three-year deal with the squad expires at the end of 2015 and last year he put discussions on hold while he focused on his title battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton has been conducting his own negotiations after splitting with XIX Entertainment last year and the Briton said that the paperwork involved has been a key factor in the delays.

"I think it's unlikely," Hamilton told Sky Sports when asked if a deal would be struck this week.

"Obviously at the last race I said it would be done within a week.

"This is my first time negotiating myself and you don't know how many times I've had to read 80 pages, I don't know – it is so much reading.

"It's all in lawyer's jargon, so it has been a quite a pain in the backside to be honest."

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