Hamilton set for McLaren talks
Lewis Hamilton has dropped a broad hint he could finally resolve his future with McLaren during Formula One's forthcoming summer break.
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With Hamilton out of contract at the end of the year, speculation continues to surround the 27-year-old, who has unsurprisingly been linked with all of his rivals over the past few months.
Hamilton, represented by Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment, has so far resisted entering into any negotiations, preferring instead to focus on the current fight for the title.
Hamilton even suggested just over a month ago he may wait until the end of the year before looking at his options.
But it now appears as if Hamilton will instead try to thrash out a new deal next month once the next two grands prix in Germany and Hungary are out of the way.
Speaking to Russian sports agency R-Sport during an event in Moscow over the weekend, Hamilton said: "We haven't sat down and discussed anything yet.
"But I'm sure over the summer break, when we have the summer break, it would be nice to get something in place.
"That would be a time when we can be more relaxed and make the most sensible decision for the future."
All roads appear to lead to another contract with McLaren, bearing in mind Mark Webber last week committed himself to Red Bull for 2013.
It is highly unlikely Ferrari's Fernando Alonso would wish to be partnered by Hamilton again after their destructive relationship at McLaren in 2007, although they are much more amicable towards one another these days.
With Mercedes and Michael Schumacher poised to remain together for another year, it leaves Lotus as an unlikely long-shot should Hamilton opt to leave McLaren.
Given the on-track mistakes made by the team he has endured this year that have cost him a raft of points, Hamilton knows it would be wrong to focus on that when it comes to assessing his future.
Hamilton added: "To be honest, you have to base your decisions on much, much longer than such a short period of time.
"Half a year cannot decide six years of partnership, or actually 13 years of partnership.
"I've been with them since I was 13, so it's 14 years, so it's much more than these small details. It's a much, much bigger picture."
Hamilton, with just one world title to his name, appreciates his next contract is crucial as it will likely take him into his 30s.
"You know, I want to win," said Hamilton.
"I'm not that young any more, so I want to make sure whatever I do, I make the right decision so I can maximise my career.
"I just need to make sure I'm winning. That's what I exist for, what I train and work for every day."