Mercedes denies Hamilton has requested number one status

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has denied Lewis Hamilton has asked to have a number-one-driver clause in order to finalise his new deal with the team.

Although Hamilton said during the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend that the deal was "99.6 per cent" done, the new contract has not yet been signed.

But Wolff insists it is just a matter of time before the deal is finalised, and rubbished speculation that the British driver had demanded a special clause that would make him the team's number one driver.

Wolff said all the important details of the deal have been agreed, and that it is just a matter of time before all is signed.

"No, it is not the case, and he wouldn't ask for that clause because it's not what we do and I think he appreciates how we manage the team, giving both drivers equal status," Wolff told Sky Sport.

"It is down to the detail. We have discussed and negotiated for a long time. We have sorted out the main terms since a couple of months already, and it's just a bit of ping pong between the lawyers and it is the normal process.

"I would really wish to sort it out withing the next couple of days or weeks without putting ourselves under pressure because this is a great relationship and we want to win races."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Toto Wolff
Teams Mercedes
Article type Breaking news
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