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Lewis Hamilton reveals how coronavirus has impacted plan to sign new Mercedes F1 contract

Lewis Hamilton admits the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have left him feeling a “little bit awkward” about the prospect of opening talks over a blockbuster new Mercedes contract. The reigning F1 champion’s current deal expires at the end of the 2020 season.

“I really want to,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1, when asked if he’ll follow Bottas in committing his future to Mercedes. “I’m sure [team principal Toto Wolff is] probably getting a little bit anxious because I haven’t been too forward with it – like: ‘let’s get it done, now!’

“I don’t know, I’m just a very chilled individual. I think particularly in a time where people are losing their jobs, I generally honestly feel a little bit awkward with sitting down and talking about numbers and talking about a new contract when there are people out there who are not eating, there are people out there who are starving, there are people out there who have lost their jobs during this pandemic.

“So, I don’t know, I feel a little bit awkward with it, that’s why I’ve kind of stepped back a little bit. But, of course, I will do at some stage. But it’s awkward – I’m like: ‘how long can I leave it until it’s maybe a little bit more normal, things maybe get a little bit better?’

“But I am absolutely 100 per cent committed to my team. I’m loyal as ever and I don’t lie, so it’s not like I’m communicating with someone else – I don’t want to be anywhere else.”

Hamilton has received the backing of Mercedes this year as he pushes for equality and throws his support behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

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