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Lewis Hamilton Contract Talks Delayed after Covid-19 Diagnosis, Says Mercedes Boss

 Lewis Hamilton 's contract converses with Mercedes should stand by until the seven-times title holder recuperates from COVID-19 , his group supervisor Toto Wolff said on Friday. The Briton, who is passing on this present end of the week's Sakhir Grand Prix subsequent to testing positive for the new Covid recently, has just wrapped up a seventh world title yet is out of agreement toward the year's end. 

Subsequent to winning the title finally month's Turkish Grand Prix, Hamilton showed exchanges would venture up over Formula One's season-finishing Middle Eastern triple header. However, the champ of last Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix is at present in a 10-day confinement period in Bahrain. 

'Indeed, the timetable is being pushed back until he recuperates,' Wolff told correspondents on Friday at the Sakhir Grand Prix, the second of the Middle Eastern races and the penultimate round of the period. 

'We realize that we need to complete it, entirely very much aware the two of us. In any case, the need currently is of him financially recovering and being back (COVID) negative and afterward we will meet or Zoom to put pen to paper.' 

It is hazy whether Hamilton, who Wolff said had mellow indications, will race in following week's Abu Dhabi season finale. 

The Briton, who acquires an expected 40 million pounds (53.90 million dollars) a year, turned into the best driver in Formula One history this season, outperforming Michael Schumacher's record for most successes and equalling the German extraordinary's title pull. 

Mercedes have won the last seven constructors' and drivers' titles and, with the vehicles and rules remaining significantly the equivalent, are top choices to rule again one year from now. 

Hamilton has been supplanted by Mercedes-sponsored Williams driver George Russell for the Sakhir race. 

The 22-year-old Briton showed a noteworthy turn of speed on his first day as his comrade's substitute by going quickest in both of Friday's training meetings . 

Wolff said Russell's exhibition would not be utilized as influence in agreement converses with Hamilton. The two sides have consistently said there was no hurry to complete the arrangement. 

'We understand what we have with Lewis and he understands what he has with the group,' added Wolff. 'Such a circumstance could never be used as some sort of bartering power, neither by him nor by us. I regard a lot of what his identity is, the manner by which he drives, his records, and whatever happens this end of the week or next has no effect on our discussions.'

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