Lewis Hamilton body language may hide contract clue as talks continue

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Lewis Hamilton’s body language might give clues away about his F1 future, according to Sky Sports F1 host Naomi Schiff. Hamilton has not yet struck a deal to remain at the Silver Arrows with the seven-time champion’s current contract expiring at the end of the year.

Both sides have stressed they want to remain partners but time is ticking on securing new terms before Hamilton’s deal expires. Schiff told Sky Sports F1: “His face was quite telling there. A little bit of a nod. If you think of where he was last season it’s a big change.”

Earlier this season, Hamilton publicly criticised the team as he suggested bosses had not listened to him over the direction of the new car. The Briton demanded “accountability” from engineers and called those responsible to “own up”.

Hamilton also highlighted that he enjoyed being right when things turned against the team early on in the season. Before the 2023 campaign, pundits had warned Hamilton was likely to wait and see how quick the new Mercedes W14 was before agreeing to new terms.

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Hamilton denied the claims but a fresh contract has still not been agreed months after both sides sat down for first talks. However, Hamilton appeared more confident in Baku as he praised his team for working on new upgrades set to be installed at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola.

He explained: “The mentality of the team is great, there is such a winning mindset and everyone is focused on progressing and getting to where we know we can get to. I don’t think there are any mistakes or any failures. I think this is just the build of getting to where we need to be.

“Everyone is staying positive in the garage, everyone is just doing their jobs to the best of their ability and that is all we can ask for right now until we get those upgrades which will hopefully put us much more in the fight.”

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Speculation over Hamilton’s future soared in Baku after Charles Leclerc was linked with a move to Mercedes. Reports in the Italian media claimed it was an “open secret” that Ferrari driver Leclerc was speaking to the German manufacturer.

The Monegasque failed to rule out a move to the squad on Thursday but admitted Toto Wolff had not been in touch. When pushed on whether the news had worried him, Hamilton responded: “No, not really, I think maybe some of the drivers all have different relationships with different bosses and stuff.

“I like where I am, I love my team, and I’m grateful for the journey we’ve been on and what we’re working on moving forwards.”

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