Hamilton: 2013 deal 'a business matter'

autosport.com

Thu, 30 Aug 18:25:13 2012

Lewis Hamilton says that he will be 'business-minded' when it comes to making a final decision on his Formula 1 future.

Although it is widely expected that the former world champion will remain at McLaren for 2013, a final contract is still far from sorted.

It is understood that one of the major sticking points between McLaren and Hamilton's management company, XIX Entertainment, is over the financial package for his next deal.

Hamilton made it clear at Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday that his eventual decision will not just be based on sporting considerations nor loyalty to the outfit he has raced for since he entered F1 in 2007.

"This is a business," said Hamilton. "I always wear my heart on my sleeve, but I also have to be business-minded as well."

He added: "I am pretty much in a similar position to what I was going into the season. There is work being done in the background now, and I am not really focusing on that.

"The guys that are paid to do that job are discussing that, and working on getting that resolved."

Even though his future is not settled, Hamilton insists that he is fully focused on doing his best for McLaren this year as they bid for world championship glory.

"I think it is important at the moment that the team know I am massively committed to them winning the championship," he said. "That is the most important thing."

 

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