McLaren and Hamilton a step closer to new deal
15 August, 2012
With the 27-year-old Briton’s current deal expiring this year, he has sensationally been linked with moves to Lotus or Mercedes.
Rumours have suggested that the McLaren impasse is essentially over money, although Hamilton said recently that the fact that he is currently not allowed to keep his original trophies or helmets is a “push point” in the negotiations.
“In a lot of other teams, the drivers get their original trophies,” he is quoted by the Guardian.
“So whatever contract I’m having next, that is going to be a push point.”
McLaren’s managing director Jonathan Neale suggested this week that Hamilton is now close to signing on for 2013.
“We are closer and of course we [are] in dialogue,” he is quoted by the Sun.
“We are working hard to find common ground.”
Asked if both McLaren and Hamilton want to keep working together in the future, Neale insisted: “Very much so.”
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