Lewis Hamilton sends heartfelt birthday message as Mercedes stance on contract emerges
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Reigning F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has posted a heartfelt birthday message as talks over a new contract with Mercedes continue. The seven-time world champion celebrated his 36th birthday on Thursday and has since thanked fans for their wishes.

In a message posted on Twitter, Hamilton wrote: “Thank you for all of the birthday wishes.

“I hope and pray wherever you are, you are staying positive despite what’s happening around us.

“My birthday wish is peace and love to all of you out there, no more pandemic and equality for us all”.

Hamilton’s Mercedes contract expired on December 31 and there has been a lot of speculation surrounding his future.

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There had been reports from Italy claiming that Hamilton’s list of demands has delayed progress on the deal.

It has also been claimed that Mercedes’ co-owners Daimler were prepared to install George Russell as Hamilton’s replacement if the Brit did not acquiesce.

However, Express Sport have been told that the rumours are ‘wild’ and Mercedes are content with where the negotiations stand.

Toto Wolff recently spoke about the situation and claimed he was confident a deal would be agreed.

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“From my point of view, we had such a successful run of Championships in the past seven years, that there is no reason not to continue,” Wolff said.

“He is on the top of his game and he will be for a while.

“And that’s why continuing together is a no-brainer.

“If you refer to why haven’t we got a signed contract? The reason is simple.

“We always prioritised getting this Championship done, and not being distracted by sometimes difficult discussions, as is the nature of negotiation.

“But then Covid struck.

“So it has delayed us a little bit, but we are not worried in eventually getting it done.

“We are putting no special date to it, because we don’t want to be put under pressure from you guys [the media] while it’s not signed yet.

“So sooner or later, it needs to be done. At the latest before we go testing.”

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