Wolff wants new Hamilton deal before Melbourne

Toto Wolff has admitted he would like to agree a new deal with world champion Lewis Hamilton before the season begins.

The Briton remains under contract for the full 2015 season, but he is still in negotiations with boss Wolff and team chairman Niki Lauda, with whom he was seen often during testing at Jerez.

Last week, reports in Germany claimed 30-year-old Hamilton, who manages himself following his split from Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment, was on the cusp of agreeing a new multi-year deal.

"We should aim to finish the discussions before the start of the season."

Wolff has told the Press Association that he would like to have ink on a contract before the new season begins in Australia in just over a month.

"It is always beneficial to have a clear situation, for the driver and ourselves," said the Austrian.

"Therefore we should aim to finish the discussions before the start of the season."

Wolff insisted, however, that he is not setting a firm deadline because "we don't want to put him or us under pressure".

But that does not mean the talks are not going well, with Wolff confirming that "so far the discussions have been as expected."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Niki Lauda , Toto Wolff
Article type Breaking news
Tags contract, mercedes