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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team says that they are not hurry on a new deal for 2008 F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. The Brit existing contract will expire at the end of this F1 season.

Lewis Hamilton start his Formula 1 career with McLaren since 2007, in his first season, Hamilton set several records, while finishing second in the 2007 F1 world Championship, just one point behind his 2007 team-mate Kimi Räikkönen. In 2008 he won the World Championship, ahead of Felipe Massa

McLaren MD Jonathan Neale said throughout a Vodafone phone-in that the team was eager to hold the Lewis Hamilton, but says there was no hurry on a new contract.

“Quite clearly we would like him to continue racing for us, he’d like to continue racing for us,” Neale said.

“We have plenty of time, we don’t need to make that decision until much later this year.”

“I wouldn’t put the last two races into a professional’s mind like Lewis’s in terms of where he will be comfortable in the future,” Neale added.

“I think you have to look at the performance of the team in the long-term and against that we stand fairly well placed.

“I’m not going to walk away from the fact we have to continue to work hard, eliminate mistakes and find upgrades. Six races, six winners; nobody is consistent at the moment.

“We sit second in the constructors’ championship at the moment, and our intent is to make both drivers feel comfortable in the car so they consistently score points. We haven’t done that in the past races, I’m sure we can in the future.”


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