Lewis Hamilton, who has been with McLaren since the age of thirteen, is confident that he will sign a new contract that will keep him with the F1 team beyond 2012 when his current deal expires.
Hamilton said that he is confident that a deal can be reached and that there was no question of his commitment to the team and Formula 1.
Hamilton met with Red Bull’s team boss Christian Horner at the Canadian Grand Prix sparking rumours that he may indeed be moving to Red Bull.
Felipe Massa and Mark Webber are also out of contact with their teams Ferrari and Red Bull respectively at the end of 2012.
However, Lewis has already spoken to McLaren’s team Principal Martin Whitmarsh about a new deal and the two are expected to sit down soon and agree terms. Hamilton said that there was no rush to sort things out straight away and that the most important thing is to concentrate on the season ahead.
Whitmarsh is confident that Hamilton will want to continue his lengthy relationship with the team. Lewis had a difficult year in F1 but there is a deep affection between Lewis and the McLaren and Whitmarsh hopes that will continue for years to come.
Hamilton has been with the team since he was eleven years old and despite ending the season with gearbox failure feels that his mind is in a positive place. He has had to deal with splitting with his girlfriend, Nicole Scherzinger, and the death of two of his close friends during the season.
Lewis wants next season to be more successful getting back to winning ways, good performances and enjoying the year.
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