Lewis Hamilton's F1 contract 'almost all sorted' - Toto Wolff

Lewis Hamilton's F1 contract 'almost all sorted' - Toto Wolff

Both Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes insist a new contract is not far away and has only been delayed in order to let the team focus on its on-track issues last month.

The Italian team won the first two races of the campaign with Red Bull winning the third in China. It was Hamilton's 64th career win, leaving him 27 behind Schumacher's record of 91 victories.

Bottas now sits third in the drivers' championship some 37 points adrift of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, whose back-to-back wins elevated him to the top of the standings.

Lewis Hamilton drove to a superb victory in the Spanish Grand Prix, his second of the year.

Bottas won the 2017 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after an uneven first year at Mercedes following his move from Williams to replace retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg. Two laps later, Mercedes brought in Bottas in the hope that he had gone fast enough to get ahead of Vettel after the pit stop.

"These different things that are coming up are going to be challenging and I don't think it's going to be as clear as it was today", said Hamilton.

Earlier in the season, it seemed that Wolff had ruled out the six-time grand prix victor for next season.

"It was definitely the closest it's been to some of the performances we had a year ago".

Wolff, though, emphasised that priorities for both sides in recent weeks have been elsewhere, and that there is no reason to doubt a deal will be soon finalised. We weren't happy with our cars' performance and we needed to sort it out. "But it's nearly all sorted and we'll pick it up at the right time", added the Austrian.

Earlier, Mercedes and Hamilton had entered negotiations over a new contract, which would keep the driver at the team until 2021.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo is among the possible drivers to take a seat at Mercedes.

Nikita Mazepin was fifth quickest as he completed more than 100 laps for Force India, with this weekend's GP3 feature race victor enjoying another outing for the team.

Valtteri Bottas has set the fastest time with Mercedes on the final day of Formula One testing in Barcelona.

"I've said many times this team is strong and we have a lot of potential, but we also need to make sure we address the problems that we have and work together in the same direction".

If Mercedes' dominance was more like what Formula One fans have gotten used to seeing from the Silver Arrows, then Hamilton's display on Sunday was also right up there with the best the Briton has produced on his way to four world championships. "Both Valtteri and Lewis have been on top form and the vehicle has been reliable and very fast. They come first. If we were to look at others, Daniel is definitely among them".

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