• Lewis Hamilton’s contract expires at the end of the 2018 Formula One season
  • Discussions over an extension have been ongoing since Hamilton won world title
  • No extension has yet been agreed, although the Brit is keen to tie up his future
  • He said he hopes it will happen before the Australian Open at the end of March 

Joe Downes For Mailonline

Lewis Hamilton admits there is a chance he could arrive at the first race of the new Formula One season without a contract beyond the end of 2018.

The Briton’s current deal with his Mercedes team expires after the final race of the upcoming campaign in November. Discussions over an extension have been ongoing since Hamilton claimed his fourth world title at the end of last year.

But at an event for the team’s title sponsor Petronas in Turin on Wednesday, the 33-year-old admitted there is a chance they will not be concluded before he takes to the grid in Melbourne on March 25th.

Lewis Hamilton admits he could head into the new F1 season without his future cleared up

Lewis Hamilton admits he could head into the new F1 season without his future cleared up

The current drivers' champion has one season left on his current contract at Mercedes

The current drivers' champion has one season left on his current contract at Mercedes

The current drivers’ champion has one season left on his current contract at Mercedes

‘I hope it will happen [before the Australian Grand Prix],’ said Hamilton. ‘We have of course got this year to focus on, but it will happen for sure.

‘We have been talking and continue to talk. It is quite a relaxed atmosphere for us because Mercedes know I am committed to them and they have expressed that they are committed to me.

‘Toto [Wolff, team principal] and I sit here quite relaxed. It is about constantly trying to find common ground.

‘Ultimately with contracts and partnerships you always want to work on how you can do better to provide that service and vice-versa, how you can extract more from each other so that is what we are working on.’

Hamilton wants to have a new deal tied up with Mercedes before the first race in Melbourne

Hamilton wants to have a new deal tied up with Mercedes before the first race in Melbourne

Hamilton wants to have a new deal tied up with Mercedes before the first race in Melbourne

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