Lewis Hamilton shares huge Mercedes contract update amid £40million Ferrari offer

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Lewis Hamilton has raced for Mercedes since 2013 (Photo: Getty)

Sir Lewis Hamilton says his new contract with Mercedes is ‘almost there’ amid reports linking him with a big money move to Ferrari.

The seven-time F1 world champion has been touted to leave the Silver Arrows at the end if the year when his current deal expires, with Ferrari his most likely destination.

And these links went up a gear at the start of the week with reports claiming that the Scuderia were prepared to offer the 38-year-old a £40million-a-year contract to sign for them from 2024 onwards.

But on Thursday, ahead of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, Ferrari boss Frederic Vasseur dismissed these rumours, saying: ‘You know perfectly that at this stage of the season each week you will have a different story and we are not sending an offer to Lewis Hamilton, we didn’t do it.

‘We didn’t have discussions. I think every single team on the grid would like to have Hamilton at one stage, it would be bull**** to not say something like this.’

Before the 2023 season had even started, Hamilton had stated his intention to extend his stay with Mercedes, whom he has raced for since 2013, and has continued to do so over the last few months.

But with the gap to frontrunners Red Bull now even bigger, many have wondered whether he will take a risk and join another team in pursuit of the record-breaking eighth title.

Frederic Vasseur has dismissed the reports linking Hamilton to Ferrari (Photo: Getty)

However, the British sporting legend has now revealed that he is very close to agreeing fresh terms with the team, saying: ‘My personal team are working closely behind the scenes with Toto [Wolff, Mercedes boss] and we are almost at the end of having a contract ready.

‘Having a team to focus on that job is a much better position than I was in before. I used to do it all on my own and it was very stressful and I don’t have to do that anymore.

‘We’re still a championship-winning team, it’s just we’ve had the wrong car, there have been some decisions that have been made over the past two years that have not been ideal. And we’re working our way through that.’

Mercedes have notably changed the design of the W14 car ahead of the Monaco GP (Photo: Getty)

Mercedes have brought fresh upgrades to Monaco, with the W14 car now sporting normal looking side-pods, with the team finally ditching the ‘zero side-pods’ concept that has borne little fruit since it’s introduction last season.

Hamilton is cautiously optimistic that the changes can improve their pace, adding: ‘All of the energy is going towards the new upgrade this weekend, the team have worked incredibly hard to bring this upgrade.

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