‘This is the first time’: Lewis Hamilton makes revelation about 2024 contract talks

Lewis Hamilton has got the rumour mill spinning over his delay in signing a contract extension at Mercedes.

While the Monaco Grand Prix is a star-studded spectacle, the spotlight is shining elsewhere this weekend, as Lewis Hamilton’s ongoing contract negotiations take centre stage.

Ahead of his arrival in the principality, reports began swirling that he has been formally approached by Ferrari, as the Italian team looks to bag the best possible talent to help them fight for a title.

According to the Daily Mail, Ferrari has presented Hamilton with a £40 million per year offer in an attempt to encourage him to leave Mercedes for the Italian outfit.

Both Hamilton and Ferrari have tried to play down claims a deal is on the table, with the Brit planning to put an end to the rumours by signing a new contract in the coming weeks.

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“This is the first time I have not been negotiating myself,” Hamilton told reporters. 

“I have a great team in the background doing all the work and I can focus on the job. I say what I want and that’s what we’re working towards. 

“Naturally, when you are in contract negotiations, there is always going to be speculation and unless you hear it from me, that’s what it is. We are almost at the point of having a contract ready.”

If Hamilton were to move to Ferrari, it’s not clear who he would team up with, as Charles Leclerc has been linked with a move to Mercedes should the Brit vacate his seat.

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On the other hand, some have speculated that Ferrari could be looking to build a dream team of Leclerc and Hamilton, with Sainz linked to a move to Alfa Romeo ahead of its conversion into Audi in 2026.

Regardless of where Hamilton is heading, the Brit is clear about one thing this weekend – He is determined to get back to the front of the grid with the new slate of upgrades brought by Mercedes.

While free practice results aren’t always reflective of race performance, Mercedes will be buoyed to have seen them take P2 in the first session of the weekend, suggesting the upgrades have provided a positive boost.