Updated: 24/06/2012 19:02 | By pa.press.net

Hamilton hopeful over new McLaren deal



Lewis Hamilton insists his main focus is on the F1 championship

Lewis Hamilton insists his main focus is on the F1 championship

Lewis Hamilton is ready to play hardball with Ron Dennis when it comes to future contract negotiations, but still expects to come out smiling.

Hamilton recently made it clear he will likely wait until towards the end of the year before sitting down with his management team and McLaren group chairman Dennis to begin talks about extending his stay with the Woking-based marque.

When it was suggested to Hamilton he would have to ease off on his financial demands, given it is reputed he earns £10million per year, he replied: "Ron is a very tough negotiator. He was very tough when we negotiated the contract I have now, and I expect him to be the same when I go back in. But I don't see that many problems to be honest."

Former team boss Dennis threw a spanner in the works in Canada recently when asked as to the prospect of Hamilton staying with the team.

At the time Dennis made clear Hamilton is "very highly paid", and added: "He is on the end of a contract which was signed at a time when the economy was somewhat different. Now there has to be a balance."

It suggested Hamilton and XIX Entertainment would have to soften their stance come the time they commence talks, that there is no longer the money in the pot there used to be.

There is an indicator from Hamilton he is now more than likely to re-sign with McLaren, a team he has been with since the age of 13.

However, the 27-year-old's sole focus at present is on what he now sees as the "toughest championship" he has been involved in since he came into the sport in 2007.

"I'm not really focusing on it," Hamilton added. "At some stage my management will sit down when I tell them to and focus on it.

"But I'm not putting any energy into it. At the moment it's about focusing on trying to win this championship, which is the toughest for a long, long time, at least in my career. I need to make sure I have 100% focus on that, and all the other things will fall into place at the right time."

24Comments
21/06/2012 22:38
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Mclaren wants Lewis and I am sure Lewis want to stay with them so it a simple matter of the financial package that both parties have to agree and then we move on.

They were no big talk when Jenson extended his contract with the team so why the focus on Lewis at this time.

22/06/2012 09:45
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Vettel has shown time and time again, that he can only win from the front row. On that basis, he could not afford to join Ferrari. I agree with 'Liz', 'Crybaby' is no team player and would soon resent 'Hamilton' who out-classes him in every way.
22/06/2012 08:18
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According to the sports comments on 'Auntie Beeb', 'Cry-baby' Alonso would be prepared to work with Hamilton if he moved to the 'Dancing Donkey'. Well, we all saw how unsporting 'Cry-baby' was last time these two were paired. It is unlikely that there would be any change there.
22/06/2012 08:23
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Vettel to move to Ferrari? Why would he want to move from a winning team and then join a bunch of losers!
22/06/2012 13:08
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TO ALL THE NEGATIVE PEOPLE IN THIS DEBATE,ARE YOU SURE ITS NOT HIS COLOUR THAT YOU ARE **** ABOUT .HE IS BY FAR THE BEST DRIVER FROM TH UK.IN F1. **** .
23/06/2012 14:55
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The drivers in F1 are the finest, most skillful in the World, making an incredibly dangerous sport look easy.  Compare the way they work and handle themselves with the marginally cretin level IQ Premier League football players - who seem to be regularly in court, charged with rape, sexual assault and violence and who have nothing better to do than have affairs with each others wives - or tattoo themselves.  F1 drivers really earn their money and we should be pleased and proud that our drivers are amongst the best in the world, and that most of the successful teams are based in the UK. Who's got the chip on their shoulder ? Stop sniping, get over Lewis' colour and recognize that you'll never come near his level of achievement. He's worth every penny.
22/06/2012 07:48
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wow lewis wants a mclaren deal and wants to hardball with ron dennis
24/06/2012 21:46
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Deal or No Deal - Well after today's race in Valencia and yet another c**k up in the pit stops by McLaren which in turn lead to the whole debacle with Maldanado three more strikes and your out - any more mess ups by McLaren and Hamilton should look to move teams  - these things are costing him dearly so fine are the margins betwteen success and failure this year. 
22/06/2012 12:14
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I thought the team name was spelt wrong... Thought it said mccain.   That would explain the advertising slogan... " The chip on hamiltons shoulder "
22/06/2012 09:53
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at the end of the day they are just car drivers being paid £ 1000000s ...to do a job many would do for peanuts.........
22/06/2012 09:16
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If I were Ron Dennis i'd tell the ungrateful git to sling his hook.
22/06/2012 09:28
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i seem to remember that this guy has been caught lying and cheating. in the past

that is not a real sportsman. lose the guy ron

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